A traditional wedding gift, these magnificent French sterling silver flatware sets were almost always packaged without knives. Why is this? Another French tradition has to do with the gift of knives or a knife as a symbol of the cutting or ending of a relationship. And no where on earth is tradition more important, perhaps, than to the French culture. So, in light of the symbolism of the gift, knives were not part of a wedding gift, not packaged or even usually made with the matching pattern of the forks, spoons in a set, and are something added later and as compliments to the table's sterling silver choice. And ever the center influence in fashion, this also opportuned the happy result of knives made in coordinating and complimenting fashion with handles. The result is that you can add sets of knives to compliment and define your table setting. Extremely fine all, don't miss them! There are also more images available and necessary to fully appreciate the comprehensive nature of the set so, just email and we'll supply them. Thanks!
Very good condition. Slight surface scuffs, indicative of light use over the past 100 or so years. Some knife marks on fork tines but the entire set is in overall fabulous shape. The knives are not original to the flatware, as described above, but go beautifully with them. The knife blades are the original pre-stainless steel so you might see a bit of age tarnish or corrosion though, as you can see, they're in exemplary shape and ready to use. Currently there is no storage boxes or chest but we can provide newer sterling silver flatware boxes at your request (they're good to store and have the anti-tarnish lined interiors. See pictures for all weights and measurements.
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