This set in a gilded finish, actually 18k gold plated silver (we've not tested this set but the French silversmiths nearly always used 18k gold for their vermeil pieces). The post 1838 French Minerve or Minerva head hallmark on all pieces, the tiny number "1" in the upper right corner means they're all in. 950 silver under the gold 95% pure and higher than the. 925 standard for "sterling" silver.If you look closely at the silversmith marks, youll see that the sugar tongs bear that of another maker. Not uncommon for silversmiths to collaborate with each other but we think that the tongs must have been replacements or additions to the spoons set due to the dates of manufacture. All pieces have the same medallion and monogram.
Mark on the tongs is for Alphonse Debain, Paris c. There is an embossed stamp on the inside of the lid that reads Vve Ducommun, Cette, surely for the French retailer. A lovely set with box and guaranteed to please!
No damage to note other than some visible wear or fading to the vermeil finish here and there, most visible probably on the back sides of the spoon bowls. As noted, the sugar tong is a later piece and so is a replacement or addition but does match. See pictures for all individual weights and measurements. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important.And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings.
Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues. We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. _gsrx_vers_631 GS 6.9.8b6 (631). The item "Antique French 18K Gold Vermeil on Sterling Silver 13p Tea Set, Teaspoons & Tong" is in sale since Friday, August 3, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.