Beautifully ornate antique French sterling silver 36pc dinner sized flatware set, a 3pc table setting for twelve with a unique Gothic or Egoist style pattern, wonderful condition and kept in a layered black leatherette storage chest! Aren't these lovely! A beautiful and quite unique pattern, described as "Henri II" in our French flatware reference book but does have a Gothic feel to it. All of the forks and spoons bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within those marks means they're in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith marks for Eugène Queillé, 1847-1895, (Lapparra Antoine, 1895-1902, successor), "PQ" with a "rame antique", 8 Petite rue Saint-Roch-Poissonière, Paris. A similar mark was used by Pierre Francois II Queillé, his father and predecessor,1834-1846, "PQ" and a 'rame antique' (though of a slightly different shape), 70 Rue du faubourg-Montmarte, Paris. Highly renowned and Pierre Queille was also known to have done work for the world renowned House of Odiot! The knives are not original to the set but are antique and go beautifully, I just love these old ebony or ebonized wood handled pieces! Backs of the handles engraved with large interlaced "OC" or "CO" monograms, fabulous condition and undeniable visual appeal! Don't miss them.
Very good to excellent condition. Some very light surface scuffing to the forks & spoons, indicative of age & light use. The knives all have the original blades, there are a few age/drying splits in the ebonized wood handles and one knife is missing the sterling cap at the bottom of the handle. The chest is not original to the set but similar to what you would expect in style and age. It has two levels, the top holding the forks & spoons with spaces to the right for teaspoons. The lower level holds the knives and also has a space for a serving ladle. The exterior of the chest is in fine shape, age considered, but the right side clasp is missing the pin that secures it. See pictures for individual weights and measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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