Stunning antique mid to late 19th century French sterling silver dessert / pasty server by the prestigious firm of Emile Puiforcat. In the pattern Louis XVI / Acanthe (Acanthus), plate n°50 of the Maison Puiforcat catalog. Of truly exceptional quality, featuring a trowel shaped blade richly decorated with intricate engraved foliate and elegant pierce-work, enhanced in gold vermeil finish. The back of the service end embellished with a flaming torch detail. The handle decorated with fluting terminating to stylized acanthus motifs and floral garland swags. Bearing the maker's mark of renowned Parisian silversmith Emile Puiforcat. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her denoting a silver content of .950/1000 (of 95% silver and a higher grade of finesse than the .925 standard for sterling silver). In overall very good antique condition. Housed in the original fitted presentation box. Measures 11" length x 2 1/8" wide. Weighs 106.3 grams. Box measures 12 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 1 1/2" height.