Exquisite and Elegant Antique French Silver and Mother of Pearl 24 pieces Dessert Flatware Service.
Ok… we are in love! This set is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous silver work in a seashell design and lovely mother of pearl handles!
The set is decorated with beautiful Antique Silver ‘viroles’ (or Ferrules or Collars) as well as ‘ Boutons’ or caps in the shape of seashells, very delicately rendered.
The blades and forks are also is solid French silver.
Each piece bears both the Minerva 1 Hallmark as well as the Makers Mark.
The style is gorgeous delicate but extremely elegant and can compliment any lovely table!
There are 12 forks and 12 knives. The set is originally devised for dessert service, but can also be used for appetizers or even cheese service.
The set is presented in its original box which is in beautiful condition.
The forks and knives are in perfect condition with no losses to the Mother of Pearl handles or dents on the silver.
The lenght given above is that of the forks. The knives are 6.61″.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title (950/1000)- 1838 -1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark shows an A and a G separated by a coat of arms with a crown on top. We are still trying to identify it. However the work show the elegant Napoleon III style place it towards the end of the 1800s.