Absolutely gorgeous antique Continental .800 or nearly sterling silver 21pc ice cream or dessert set including 18pc spoons, serving spoon with gold washed or vermeil bowls and matching larger serving spoon & ladle! All pieces with a beautifully ornate rococo style spiral fluted pattern, sinuous foliate framed "RP" monogram medallions and 1894 - 1895 dates! I found this set on my last trip to Las Vegas. Sadly, it seems like the antique market in Vegas has virtually disappeared but fortunately I did find these and had to have them. Found in the original fitted storage and/or presentation case or box, huge at 19", and tucked inside were two old appraisal reports (one dated 1981 valuing the set at $800 and the other dated 2012 valuing them at $2180.00). Not a bad investment if you ask me. Finding treasures is one of the best parts of the antique business BUT, thinking of them as the investments they are is not something that most people spend too much time pondering. Antiques ARE wise investments, rare to find in todays fluctuating markets ;). Not to mention that you also get to enjoy these one-of-a-kind works of art as they increase in value. A win win but I digress. A truly gorgeous set here, not quite at the .925 standard for "sterling" silver but solid silver nonetheless and more comprehensive than most collections. Very French in style and appearance, too. The hallmarks are for M.J. Ruckert, Mainz circa 1890s. Beautiful and ready to impress!
Very good condition. Some slight wear or fading to the vermeil bowls but nothing major, basically just as you see them. The box was in poor shape when I found the set but I re-glued a few side panels and went over it with black leather dye so it is far more presentable now. A lovely set at a heck of a price! See pictures for all weights and measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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