Elegant antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era 12pc dinner sized knife set, solid ebony or ebonized wood handles with silver crest shaped inlay and original French marked steel blades! Each in the larger 9 5/8" dinner size and with the older style flat edge blades. Perfect alongside your existing fine French sterling silver table service! Of course, we have a connection to a cutler in Paris that replaces blades but I'd much rather offer these as they are, with that wonderful old French style.
re KNIVES: A traditional wedding gift, these magnificent French sterling silver flatware sets were almost always packaged without knives. Why is this? Another French tradition has to do with the gift of knives or a knife as a symbol of the cutting or ending of a relationship. And no where on earth is tradition more important, perhaps, than to the French culture. So, in light of the symbolism of the gift, knives were not part of a wedding gift, not packaged or even usually made with the matching pattern of the forks, spoons in a set, and are something added later and as compliments to the table's sterling silver choice. And ever the center influence in fashion, this also opportuned the happy result of knives made in coordinating and complimenting fashion with handles of rich elegant mother of pearl, fine ivory, blond natural horn, or exotic hardwoods like ebony (a French Empire 'must') walnut, rosewood. The result is that you can add sets of knives to compliment and define your table setting.
Very good condition. Some tarnish and/or corrosion to the steel blades and one has a tiny chip to the very tip of the blade. A hairline split or two to the handles but no chips, to repairs and no missing inlays. See pictures for measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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