Gorgeous antique Belle Epoque era French sterling silver 13-piece tea set. Comprising of 12 coffee spoons or teaspoons and a matching sugar tong, housed in the original presentation box. Each piece features handles patterned with exquisite Renaissance styling. The back of the service ends with finely rendered mascarons, magnificent Gothic style grinning faces of mythological Pan or Green Man figures. The sugar tongs further embellished with stylized foliage on the end tips. Enhanced with gold vermeil. Fully 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 .925 sterling). Bearing maker's marks for silversmith Louis Coignet, active 1889-1893 at 14 rue Barbette, Paris. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. Spoons measure 5 1/2" length; the sugar tongs are 5 1/8" length. Total silver weight is 272.5 grams. The box measures 14 3/4" x 7 1/2".