Elegant antique French 24pc table knife set, a 2pc setting for twelve with carved genuine ivory handles with sterling silver or silver-plate collars or ferules and pristine stainless steel blades! Wow, what a beautiful set and quite comprehensive! The set includes twelve larger dinner knives and twelve luncheon or entremet sized knives. The blades are all marked with what appears to be "Rousseaux, Anvers". Without testing the silver handle caps and collars or ferrules, I honestly can't tell if they are sterling silver or silver-plate. They have an ever-so-slight goldish hue to them. All previous sets that we've had similar we were sure they were sterling and so we're pricing this set as if plate. Gorgeous and in rare pristine, usable condition. Ready to impress! A lovely set!
Very good to excellent condition. There are a few age or drying splits visible in the handles but no breaks or other damage. The steel blades are all stainless and free of any visible age and/or corrosion marks. See pictures for all individual weights and measurements.
The vast majority of worked and antique object tortoise shell material comes from the shells of two species of sea turtles: the hawksbill (Eretmo-chelys imbricata) and, more rarely, the green turtle (see box A). The shells of these turtles exhibit attractive patterns that normally consist of light to dark brown patches, though a homogeneous “cream”-colored variety called blond tortoise shell also exists.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.