Gorgeous boxed solid sterling silver dessert set, covered with gold: vermeil. The dessert spoon, fork and coffee spoon come in the original box. These pieces bear violin shaped handles decorated with a charming foliate design. The pieces date from the early Napoleon III era, around 1850; each is marked with the Minerve 1st titre, .950 sterling guarantee; and the maker's punch for William Deniere, 1850. The knives are .800 silver with gold plate and mother of pearl handles. These are Restauration Era, 1819-1838. The knives have an inset shield without a monogram and come with a period box. The spoons and forks do have a monogram, which I am unable to make out. This is a fabulous set! So incredibly hard to find, and utterly beautiful!
Condition is very good. There is some wear to the gold, and other usual signs of use; a tine bent slightly here and there. But a superb set! The spoons are 7" long, the forks 7.25" long, the coffee spoons 5.75" long, and the knives 7 7/8" long. The weight of the spoons is 906 grams, forks 894 grams, coffee spoons 474 grams and knives 610 grams. Combined weight is 2884 grams. With the boxes 4880 grams.
Antique Sterling Silver