Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set
Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set

Antique French Sterling Silver & Mother of Pearl 12p 7 3/8" Dessert Knife & 7pc Serving Utensil Set

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Gorgeous antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era sterling silver & solid mother of pearl handled 12p 7 3/8" dessert knife & 7pc serving utensil set with ornate Louis XVI style silver handle caps & collars or 'viroles', layered fitted storage and/or presentation box and all in wonderful condition! Heavy, solid shimmering mother of pearl handles with unhallmarked sterling silver caps & collars with sinuous vines or tendrils, acanthus and foliate accents. The blades of the larger serving pieces have engraved scrolls & foliage, one with a lovely little bird, and are silver plated, not sterling.  As noted, there are no hallmarks on the caps or collars, not uncommon with these smaller parts or pieces though. French .800 silver, the knife blades all bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmarks, the curved outer shape and tiny number "2" within those marks means they're in .800 silver (80% silver so just under the .925 standard for "sterling" silver).  There are tiny silversmith marks but I can't quite make out the initials so can't narrow down the date of manufacture.  Surely mid to late 1800s though. A truly beautiful set, don't miss them!

Very good condition. No chips, cracks, damage or repairs to the mother of pearl.  A bit of roughened spots to the tines and bowl of the salad serving fork & spoon.  No loss to the silver plated portions.  See pictures for weight and measurements.