An absolutely Gorgeous Antique French Silver Set of 12 Melon Forks By Gustave ODIOT.
Extremely Elegant in their shape these Fork which double up as knives as well, feature both Silver Blades/Tines and Silver handles.
The Forks are double edge, with the sharpened lower edge able to cut through the melon.
The balance is perfect, making it extremely easy and efficient to use.
While it was created with Melon in mind, it is a perfect Fruit service set, and can be used with a variety of fruits or even with desserts.
They are a perfect addition to a set and easy to place due to their lovely and elegant design.
The Handles are decorated with a Coat of Arms Topped by a Counts Crown.
We are still trying to identify the Coat of arms.
The original leather presentation box shows the address of ODIOT as Rue Basse du Rempart Numero 72.
The full set is in ‘mint’ condition! No chips, no losses, just beautiful!!
The Hallmark is Minerve -1st title (950/1000)-1838 -1919 –Paris
The Makers Mark is for Maitre Orfevre Gustave ODIOT and bears the O topping a litten oil lamp.
Jean Baptiste Gustave (Referred to as Gustave ODIOT) ODIOT born in 1823 was the last of the Odiot Dynasty to bear the name.
His reputation probably topped all of them apart from Jean Baptiste Claude ODIOT (his great grand father and Mastersilversmith to Napoleon the 1st).
Gustave ODIOT was heralded as being the THE Silversmith to Royalty starting 1856. His work was found in all the world Royal houses. He became the official Master silversmith to the Imperial House of Russia.
He also created one of the grandest services ever produced by the House of Odiot, an incredible 3000 gold pieces for Saïd Pacha from the Royal House of Egypt.
Gustave ODIOT’s workshops were located 72 Rue Basse des Remparts in Paris between 1865 and 1894