Beautiful antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era 18pc vermeil or likely 18k gold on .800 silver 8" dessert knife set, hallmarks on handles & blades and all with an elegant Gordion Knot pattern! Post 1838 French Minerve or Minerva hallmarks on all, the small number "2" means that the silver content is 800/1000 (.800, slightly under the .925 standard for sterling silver). The lowered silver content actually common in knife blades, the other alloy (20%) adding strength so it's a plus in that respect. Silversmith marks on all but I haven't been able to find reference to the maker. A beautiful set, rich & lustrous gold and a comprehensive service for eighteen.....don't miss'em!
Very good-excellent condition. I've tried to add enough pictures to give Some wear to the vermeil on a blade or two but all in overall fabulously preserved condition! The box however has seen better days. It has a pronounced warp to the lid and will not close completely (clasps are broken also). See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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