Absolutely exquisite and rare knife set for 12, comprised of 12 dinner size and 12 dessert or salad size knives. Made by renowned Parisian silversmith, Victor Boivin, in the late 1800's; quality and condition are excellent. The decoration is a Rococo partially fluted handle with a finely chased asymmetric rocaille terminal. The handles are enhanced by lattices, floral foliate sprigs and swaths of scrolling acanthus. Noteworthy is the absence of any monogram on these knives; the area reserved for a monogram is ready for yours, personalizing this heirloom potential prize! All pieces bear the Minerve 1st titre, the French .950 sterling guarantee, and the maker's marks for Victor Boivin, 83 rue de Temple (Ravinet d'Enfert succ.). The original box is lost to time, and these knives are too large to fit into most knife boxes; so these come with fine vintage Tiffany sterling silver wraps to preserve them and protect them from tarnish. The blades are the original steel; a bit of oxidation which on this set only enriches the antique patina. I wouldn't remove it, let alone replace the blades with new ones (thus depressing the value, by the way). A sublime marriage of Rococo and Louis XV styling, you'll be hard pressed to find a set this fine anywhere. These are offered at less than one half the price you would pay today to have these knives made for you.
Antique Sterling Silver