An antique 19th century French sterling silver 6 piece dessert serving set housed in the original presentation box. Entirely crafted from .950 silver. The set consists of a pair of jam spoons, a pair of two-tine forks and two servers comprising of a berry / ice cream spoon and curved knife or 'serpe'. Lovely floral engraving to the sterling blade on the knife and strawberries to the serving spoon. Each piece tipped by opulent handles monogrammed with initials MR. Each piece is hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which guaranteed the finest quality French sterling silver of .950/1000 purity in use from 1838 (95% pure silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Also bearing makers marks for Jean Granvigne (sometimes spelled Grandvigne), active 1868 to 1889 at 30 rue des Gravilliers, Paris. A skilled silversmith generally considered to be one of the best French flatware makers of the nineteenth century. Granvigne did not have a shop where clients could come choose their flatware, but rather made patterns to the specifications of high-end retailers such as Maison Odiot and Emile Puiforcat. The set is complete and housed within the original presentation box. In good antique condition with general wear. The presentation box showing wear to the exterior and there is a gab at the opening of the box as shown. Please see pictures for measurements.
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