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.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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