Belle Epoque French Sterling Silver 12pc Oyster Forks
Set of 12 antique Belle Epoque era French sterling silver oyster forks. The handles are patterned with a lovely motif of ribbon bows and flowers. Decorating the service ends is a charming accent of with acorns and oak leaves suspended from bows. Applied monogram en verso, of interlaced initials MR in elegant script. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which guaranteed the finest quality silver of .950/1000 purity (95% pure silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Jean Granvigne, active from 1868 to 1889, whose workshop was located at at 30 rue des Gravilliers, Paris. A skilled silversmith generally considered to be one of the best French flatware makers of the nineteenth century. Granvigne did not have a shop where clients could come choose their flatware, rather the silversmith made patterns to the specifications of high-end retailers such as Maison Odiot and Emile Puiforcat. The set is in overall good condition with light wear commensurate with use. Forks measure 5 1/4" length. Silver is heavy, solid with a good weight in hand. Total silver weight is 347 grams.