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FRENCH SILVER AND PLATE
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Circa 1930 set of 4 first standard solid silver and cut glass salts and peppers in the original fitted case.
Circa 1930 French hallmarked Art Deco period solid silver .950 fine first standard and cut glass set of 4 salt and pepper shakers in the original fitted case. This is a higher silver standard than English sterling silver, which is .925 fine.
They bear the silver makers marks of Lagriffoul and Laval, of Paris, as well as the Minerva head and the number 1. The retailers label is in the case lid. They are F. Lepauvres Cie, jewellers and goldsmiths, of Rouen.
The glass bodies are beautifully cut in square patterns and the solid silver tops are tapered and stepped, and screw fit to the bodies. They are presented in the original fitted gilt embellished case, with silver plate iconic Art Deco clasp.
Size-1.25 inches square by 2.25 inches high. Case-10 inches by 4 inches by 1.75 inches high.
Weight-180 grams alone or 385 grams including case.
A very nice set in very good condition, allowing use as 4 pepperettes or 2 pairs of salts and peppers.
Ref: 6013
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Turn of the 19th/20th centuries French solid silver handled beautiful cake slice with an interesting provenance.
Turn of the 19th/20th centuries large and elegant French solid silver handled cake slice having a Minerva marked first standard .950 fine solid silver handle and a gilt silver plate or steel slice. This standard of silver is higher than English sterling.
The lovely solid silver handle has a gadroon, leafy, and foliate decoration that sits proud of the handle. There is a blank cartouche on one side as photographed. The gently curving and large slice blade is steel or plate and bears the original pale gilding. It has an ornate asymmetrical partially pierced leaf and foliate engraved section, while the rest of the blade is similarly engraved, also including a lovely bird landing among the foliage. The reverse of the blade is engraved on the pierced section only.
This was from the estate of Sylvaine le Desert. She was the daughter of famous Parisian journalist Jacques le Desert and the granddaughter of the newspaper proprietor and minister, Alexandre Israel. These came from the Paris property of her grandfather, now named Place de Alexandre Israel.
Sylvanie survived occupied France by posing as a village girl. She worked the land, and became a member of the French resistance. She lived in Surrey, England for many years, until her death in 2009.
This lovely long and most decorative slice is useful for serving cakes, pies, and other desserts, and would make an impressive piece for the dining table, or a great gift.
Size-12 1/8 inches long by 2 5/8 inches wide.
Weight-135 grams.
A beautiful, stylish and functional piece in very good condition, with a wonderful provenance.
Ref: 6032
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C1838 French silver table seal in original case.
Circa 1838, 19th century large French hallmarked .800 fine silver table or desk seal with boar's head hallmark, in the original fitted leather case retailed by Sussen Freres of Paris.
The seal is beautifully crafted with stylised foliage to main body, flower head and beaded edge to raised top, and octagonal stepped seal base.
Size is 2.7 inches long, by 1 inch wide, and weighs 40 grams.
It is in excellent condition, and is presented in the original fitted leather case with gilt retailers logo to inner lid.
Ref: 790
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Victorian French solid silver handled pierced design pair of fish servers fitted into the original case, and having interesting provenance.
A lovely 19th century pair of French hallmarked solid silver .950 fine handled fish servers, with pierced silver plate blades. The beautiful double struck silver handles have a lovely design of fluting and beading adorned with leaves and swags. There is a blank cartouche suitable for engraving on both sides. They are marked .950 fine, a higher standard than English sterling. The blades are silver plate, and beautifully pierced, with a leafy heel, and sharply points and barbed tines.
Size-fork-10.25 inches long by 2.5 inches wide; knife-11.75 inches long by 1 7/8 inches wide. Case overall-13 inches long by 6 inches wide by 1.75 inches high.
Weight-215 grams servers, and 535 grams with case.
These were from the estate of Sylvaine le Desert. She was the daughter of famous Parisian journalist Jacques le Desert and the granddaughter of the newspaper proprietor and minister, Alexandre Israel. These came from the Paris property of her grandfather, now named Place de Alexandre Israel.
Sylvanie survived occupied France by posing as a village girl. She worked the land, and became a member of the French resistance. She lived in Surrey, England for many years, until her death in 2009.
Although still used for their original purpose, they are also useful for serving cake and other desserts today.
A lovely set in very good condition.
Ref: 6065
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19thC cast solid silver French spoon
19th century very unusual cast double struck solid French hallmarked silver spoon with crest and French war cry on back on bowl.
Beautiful detail and extremely heavy.
8 inches long by 2 inches across bowl.
In excellent condition.
We have many other individual and sets of spoons in inventory, so please contact us with your requirements.
Ref: 4859
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Late 19thC/early 20thC Christofle of Paris famous maker 6 piece serving set in the original fitted case.
Christofle of Paris, famous French maker late 19th century/early 20th century unusual and wonderful silver plate serving set comprising 6 servers in the original leatherette green lined fitted case bearing the gilt Christofle retail stamp. 3 of the servers are types of forks, while 3 are types of spoons, and all are marked with the Christofle mark.
Christofle started in 1830 and has been run by the family all this time. The company is known for their fine craftsmanship and quality of their silverplate. Christofle bought the French rights to the plating process from Elkington in England.
A truly lovely set with a scroll and shell double struck pattern, beautifully crafted and heavy in weight. The piercings of the two spoons are exquisite, while the tines of the forks still have sharp points.
Size-approximately 6.75 inches long each. Size of case overall is 6.25 inches wide by 10.25 inches long by 1.75 inches high.
Weight-580 grams including case, or 250 grams cutlery only.
A very functional and unusual set for hors d'oeuvres, dessert, or any foods.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5604
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19th century unusual designed cased set of French solid silver handled servers with interesting provenance.
19th century cased set of four French servers with beautiful and unusual solid silver handles, and very interesting provenance.
This set consists of two forks, a butter, cheese or pate knife, and a spreader. The handles are marked .800 fine solid silver and have an unusually lovely design of a leafy flowered vine trailing up a basket weave trellis. The design is the same on both sides of the handle, and they are in very good condition. The steel or silver plate portions are a bit marked as shown, but still very usable.
Size-forks 8 3/8 inches long by .75 inches wide, knife 8 inches long by 1 inch wide, spreader 7.75 inches long by 7/8 inches wide. Case overall is 9.5 inches long by 5 inches wide by 1.25 inches high.
Weight-175 grams servers, 370 grams with case.
These were from the estate of Sylvaine le Desert. She was the daughter of famous Parisian journalist Jacques le Desert and the granddaughter of the newspaper proprietor and minister, Alexandre Israel. These came from the Paris property of her grandfather, now named Place de Alexandre Israel.
Sylvanie survived occupied France by posing as a village girl. She worked the land, and became a member of the French resistance. She lived in Surrey, England for many years, until her death in 2009.
An unusual and very functional serving set with great style and design.
Ref: 6064
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Circa 1890 French silver handled knife and fork serving set in original fitted case with interesting provenance.
Circa 1890 lovely French solid silver handled serving set with gilt steel engraved blades. The handles have a double struck leaf and fluted design accented with beautiful rams heads, while the gilt blades are beautifully engraved. They are fitted into the original case.
Size-knife 7 5/8 inches long, fork 7 inches long, by .75 inches wide.
Weight-70 grams, serving pieces; 200 grams with case.
These were from the estate of Sylvaine le Desert. She was the daughter of famous Parisian journalist Jacques le Desert and the granddaughter of the newspaper proprietor and minister, Alexandre Israel. These came from the Paris property of her grandfather, now named Place de Alexandre Israel.
Sylvanie survived occupied France by posing as a village girl. She worked the land, and became a member of the French resistance. She lived in Surrey, England for many years, until her death in 2009.
The knife is most useful for serving butter, cheese or pate, while the fork can be used for meat, fish, relishes and pickles.
A lovely set in very good condition.
Ref: 6060
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19thC ornate set of 5 solid silver French hallmarked silver gilt tea knives.
19th century (post 1838) set of 5 French 1st standard solid hallmarked silver gilt tea knives, with .950 fine content. This is a higher silver content than English sterling. They are excellent quality, and weigh a full 305 grams. Marked to both blades and handles.
With beautiful shell and leaf pattern to handles, these knives are excellent for cheese, butter, or cake, and would look lovely on any table.
8 inches long.
In very good condition.
SOLD.
Ref: 992
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19thC set of French elegant solid silver hallmarked teaspoons in fitted case.
19th century French solid silver hallmarked set of 6 delicate teaspoon sized spoons with original pale gilding to bowls, and double struck foliate stems and terminals. Presented in very nice fitted case, with associated silverplate tongs.
5.25 inches long.
Spoons weigh 80 grams alone.
A lovely, elegant, and unusual set in very good condition.
We have many other individual and sets of spoons in inventory, so please contact us with your requirements.



Ref: 4449
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