Elegant antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era sterling silver & solid mother of pearl handled 24pc 7 7/8" dessert, entremet or luncheon sized table knife set with original steel blades and wonderful condition! Heavy, solid shimmering mother of pearl handles with unhallmarked sterling silver caps & collars or ferrules with sinuous vines or tendrils and floral & foliate accents. As noted, there are no hallmarks on the caps or collars, not uncommon with these smaller parts or pieces though. Definitely French with a few of the blades marked "Paris" and date to around the late 1800s to earliest 1900s. A truly beautiful set, don't miss them!
Very good condition. No chips, cracks, damage or repairs to the mother of pearl. One blade with a small chip near the tip, no other damage or repairs to the blades other than some age tarnish and/or corrosion spots. You can see some faint brownish marks in the images, that's just the beginning of faint rust because our silver polisher didn't dry them completely. Going over these old pre-stainless steel blades with a thin coating of vegetable oil will protect them from rust, etc. while storing and we'll clean them up again before shipping. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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