Gorgeous antique Belle Époque era French sterling silver & gilt vermeil 24pc luncheon / entremet or dessert service. Comprising of 12 forks and 12 spoons, each patterned with Empire styling. Featuring neoclassical acanthus and sprigs of laurel. No monogram, so it's perfect to have personalized with your own engraved monogram. In overall very good condition. The set appears to have hardly been used. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Also bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Henri Soufflot, who commence trade at 89 rue de Turbigo, Paris from 1884 - 1910. Housed in an old presentation box with faux alligator exterior and yellow satin and velvet fitted interior. Box shows wear commensurate with age and measures 10 1/4" x 8" x 2 1/4" height. Spoons: 7" length, Forks: 6 7/8" length. Total weight of 986.3 grams.
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