A Rare Model of Antique French Silver Melon Knives/Forks Set by Maître Orfèvre Veuve Risler & Carré.
Decorated in the Louis XVI style this model is understated but absolutely gorgeous and practical.
The solid silver handle is elegantly lined with an acanthus leaf design.
The blade is in solid silver and ends in the typical curved and split tip which characterizes the Melon Knife.
Some still argue that it may also have served to eat lobster or even cheese, but most reports set it as being created specifically for Melons.
However the tines are a little peculiar on this set with the indentation of the left one making it very close to that found on dessert forks.
Hence it is a very versatile piece.
The fact that it is in Gilt solid silver also makes it exceptional for this model.
The 24 carat gilt is beautiful and original to the item.
Set in a presentation box , they are a perfect addition to a set and easy to place due to their fuss free and elegant design.
They are in great condition.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Marks is for Veuve RISLER & CARREE or Widow Risler & Carré.
The Company was originally created in 1899, but André Risler died unexpectedly on 1 October 1912 in Paris at the age of 49. His widow took over the company and changed the name as was the custom to “Veuve A. Risler & Carré”. The Mark shows a Vve preceeding the R & C initials. She registered the Mark on October 22nd of 1912 and canceled it on January 21st of 1920.
The Shop was located 16 rue du faubourg Saint Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris.