Rare antique sterling silver and porcelain set of 12 knives, cutlery service, possibly made by Meissen. The elegant shaped handles molded in raised relief with scrolls and rocailles, enhanced with gold painted accents. Each is finely hand painted in exquisite detail with vibrant colors.Both sides decorated depictions of courting couples in period costumes, each in a varying scene and pose. Embellished with various colorful birds and floral arrangements. Judging by the quality of the porcelain handles, they were probably made by Meissen. Unmarked, though a mark might be hidden beneath the ferrule. However it is well known that early Meissen items - especially boxes and other objects of daily use - were not always marked. Mounted with French sterling silver blades with unique scimitar curved shape. The blades are hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than. Bearing maker's marks for Henin & Cie, this mark was in use from 1875 to 1890s.
The set is in overall good antique condition with general wear to the gilt painted accents. One handle cracked and repaired with a chip visible to the floral arrangement area. Two other handles having a tight stable hairline. The knives measure 7 3/8 length. Welcome to the Antique Boutique.
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The item "12 Antique French Sterling Silver Hand Painted Porcelain Handle Knife Set Knives" is in sale since Sunday, September 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "micflsun" and is located in Canutillo, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.