Gorgeous antique French Napoleon III era 18k gold on hallmarked solid .800 (nearly sterling) silver "vermeil" 12pc coffee or tea spoon set in a brass inlaid ebonized walnut casket or box, an elegant flatware pattern with "J.P." monograms and all in wonderful condition! A beautiful set, all virtually dripping in gold. Called vermeil, the French most often used 18k gold to plate these old silver pieces and, while we haven't tested these, we're confident that is the case here. An elegant pattern consisting of rocaille, scrolled tendrils and floral accents. Quite unique, definitely attractive! The set kept in what is most likely the original storage and/or presentation case. Opulent as they come with beautiful ebony finished hardwood veneers and brass inlay strips & cartouche. The interior with the original tan velvet & silk or satin. Nearly as wonderful as the golden treasures inside! The spoon bowls all bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the outer shape and tiny number "2" within means they're in .800 or better silver content (at least 80% pure so just under the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). There are also tiny diamond shaped silversmith marks but I've not found reference to them yet. A beautiful set, perfect for an opulent tea or even dessert service.
Very good to excellent condition. A very slight bit of wear to the gold plating visible on some of the raised decoration and a faint bend possible on the handle stems. The box is in great shape, no missing or lifting inlays and just a bit of marking to the ebony finish on the lid. It is missing the key. See pictures for measurements and silver weight.
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