Elegant antique French Belle Epoque era sterling silver 48pc entremet or dessert sized flatware set, a 4pc table setting for twelve with ornate floral & foliate accented pattern, solid mother of pearl handled knives and wonderful condition! A truly beautiful set! Smaller than the dinner sized pieces, the forks & spoons are around 7" in length and meant to be used for dessert most likely. The set consists of twelve each in forks & spoons, sterling and steel bladed knives with matching sterling & mother of pearl handles. All except for the steel bladed knives bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the forks & spoons marked also with a tiny number "1" meaning they're in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The twelve knives with silver blades are marked "2" within the Minerve meaning they're at least .800 silver or 80% pure and this is quite common with knife blades for the added strength from the reduced silver content. Silversmith marks on the forks & spoons are for Henin & Cie. (Co.), Paris circa 1896. The knife blades also have a silversmith mark but I've not been able to find a definitive reference. A truly beautiful ensemble!
Very good condition. A bit of tarnish visible in the images, sorry :). No damage or repairs to note, no cracks in the mother of pearl handles and no real flaws to note. The steel bladed knives are pre-stainless so they do have some signs of age tarnish or corrosion. See pictures for weights and measurements.
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