An elegant dessert service in 18K gold over .950/1000 sterling silver (vermeil) by the noted French maker, Henin & Company (Cie), of 77, rue des Archives, PARIS, consisting of 2 large and substantial ice cream serving pieces and 11 delicate ice cream spoons. The total weight of this set is 457 grams, mostly owing to the large service pieces. The spoons are, typical of early ice cream service, very delicate and dainty. The unusual and very elegant pattern used here gives a classical French Empire feel to the set, which are marked with post 1838 Minerve. Likely a Napoleon III era service, when ice cream sets were most popular. One spoon from the original set of 12 or more has a dark line in the bowl of it which might be a scratch through the gold to the silver and resulting tarnish. The remaining 10 spoons of the 11 are all fine.
Very good condition, as noted. A beautiful brilliant gold on silver set, superb French maker: Henin & Cie. And one might be interested to note also that the Henin silversmith 'house' folded into the renowned PUIFORCAT silver company, who bought the firm's long and lauded heritage of excellence along with the patterns they originated, folding them into the Puiforcat book of patterns. PUIFORCAT has since been acquired by another lauded French name, HERMES. The finest lineage of French luxury goods - pedigreed to the hilt!
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