Here is a fabulous Florentine box of vey ornate small serving utensils still in their original box! The set is complete with 6 different instruments all with little ornate decorative handles and each one is stamped ITAY on the reverse.
I cannot tell that the set was ever, the handles were soldered to the forks or spoon ends and that is evident on the reverse; the chased detailing is still very crisp. It does look like maybe somebody tried to use silver cleaner on them at some time, or it could just be age on the metal. I bought them decades ago, never used them and came across them recently. They may be silver plate but there is no marking for the metal content on any of them that I could see.
The Florentine box show some age related wear and has tears on the sides as well as the black interior piece to hold the utensils. Still, what a fabulous way to entertain!
It is obviously Italian in origin and I would date it 1920s or probably about that time.
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