A rare French Empire pattern, produced by Louis Coignet, active in 1893. There are three piece place settings for 12, comprised of the huge French dinner sized spoons, fork and knives. Spoons and forks elaborately decorated with laurel leaf and berry edges, sprigs and wreaths. The handles are fluted, with fine textured finish in the depressions. The knives are superb, with beautiful mother of pearl handles and fine silver ferrules. The ferrules are boldly designed, an elegant chased acanthus leaf motif, studded with beads and ringed with floral swags. Condition is very good to excellent. A bit of stubborn tarnish here and there. The blades appear to be new. The spoons and forks bear an interlaced monogram: MB. These come with new boxes to keep the silver preserved.
Dimensions: spoons and forks both 8.5" long, weighing 80 grams each. Total silver weight 1920 grams, nearly 62 troy ounces of .950 sterling silver. Each spoon and forks boasts the Minerve 1st titre; the guarantee for .950 sterling in France since 1838. And each bears the punch for Louis Coignet. The knives, in usual fashion, are unmarked.
Antique Sterling Silver