Antique French PUIFORCAT Sterling Silver 24pc Table Knife Set, Ornate Foliate. Rare Antique French PUIFORCAT Sterling Silver 24pc Table Knife Set, Ornate Foliate Pattern, Interlaced Monograms.All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. Elegant antique French PUIFORCAT hallmarked 24pc dinner or table knife set, a 2pc service for TWELVE with ornate foliate Louis XVI style pattern, large interlaced "BA" or "AB" monograms and pristine stainless steel'Paris' marked blades! A complete service for twelve in both the larger 10 1/4" dinner size and medium 8 3/8" entremet, luncheon or dessert sized knives. Hallmarked French sterling silver handles, most with the French Minerve or Minerva and some with the Mercure or Mercury mark. The tiny number "1" within those marks means they're 95% pure and higher than the. 925 standard for sterling silver. The Mercury mark generally used on pieces meant for export from France. The silversmith marks are for the world renowned House of Puiforcat (EP for Emile Puiforcat), the pinnacle of French silver really and among a handful of names that are recognizable the world over.
A long, lauded history of only the finest of the fine and silversmiths to royalty over the years. Now owned by Hermes of Paris, a name & reputation that also needs no explanation. All with pristine stainless steel blades, all, I believe, marked "Paris". A gorgeous set, great alongside a similarly patterned flatware set and sure to impress!
More about knives: Louis XIV, A rennaisance man if ever there were one, The Sun King - builder of Versailles, was also the man responsible for the design of the modern table knife. Prior to his time, knives used at table were similar to knives used to kill game, fight wars, and possibly kill Kings. There was a time when knives were even banned from table for such intrigues, and it was Louis XIV's table upon which the blunt and rounded tip knives for dining were introduced to the world at large. A side note: With the massive size of the dinner fork and spoon in French sterling, one need not look to the knife as a weapon - as one of my customers once suggested, and I paraphrase here here: These things are heavy enough to kill a guest if thrown. She is correct - they weigh in nearly double the large tablespoon of, say, the equivalent set made in America by Gorham or Whiting - "Lily", which tablespoon is more closely in line size and weight-wise with the entremet spoon in French flatware.Very good to excellent condition. I don't see any denting or dimpling to the sterling silver handles, just some age tarnish visible within the deeply recessed applied monograms on some. The blades are also stainless steel, wonderful condition and appear to be original but could be later replacements (these older pieces generally had pre-stainless blades). They are in a newer fitted storage box. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories.
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This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.