Magnificent 14-piece antique French sterling silver ice cream / dessert service by silversmith Robert Linzeler. The set comprises of two large servers, together with 12 matching spoons, all are wholly made of finest quality French sterling silver .950 purity. The handles tipped by stylized scrolling foliage, the backs monogrammed with interlaced initials AM or MA. The servers include a larger serving spoon and knife, both exhibiting masterful engravings of elaborate Louis XV / Rococo scrollwork and rocailles. The set is in overall good condition with general wear from use and handling. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to indicate a silver content of .950/1000 silver (that's 95% pure silver and higher grade of finesse than .925 sterling). Bearing markers marks for Parisian silversmith Robert Linzeler, active from 1897 to 1926 at 68 rue de Turbigo in Paris. The side of the handles are marked for Jules Piault, the prestigious 19th century French silversmith of King Louis Philippe and Emperor Napoleon III. Robert Linzeler was Jules Piault's successor. The serving spoon measures 9 1/4" length x 2 7/8" wide at the bowl. Knife measures 10 3/4" length. Spoons measure 5 1/4" length. Total silver weight is 537.2 grams
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