c1900 Lovely 4pc European Silver Handle Hand Engraved Fish Salad Serving Set
Presented is a fabulous set of 4 continental European silver, steel and bovine bone serving pieces. These pieces date to circa 1891-1901. The set comes in its original fitted wooden storage case, and consists of a fish slice, a fish serving fork, a salad serving spoon and a salad serving fork. The fish knife has a steel blade, and its accompanying fork has a steel body, both beautifully hand engraved with intricate, eye-catching designs. The bowl of the salad spoon and the body of the salad fork are nicely carved from bovine bone, with a nice mellow aged patina. The handles are done in a striking Renaissance-revival style, depicting a woman in classically draped garb surrounded by decorative scrolls and foliage. The storage case is wood with a satin lined interior.This set is in great overall condition. A couple of the pieces have very minor dents to the little knob at the very tip of the handle. Otherwise the silver handles are in great condition, with no splits, no monograms, no monogram removals, and no repairs. The details of the decoration on both the handles and the steel knife blade and fork body are nice and crisp. The fitted case has an old stress/age line to the top of the lid, but is overall fairly sound. Each piece is stamped with Austrian import marks as used between 1891-1901, as well as a later Czechoslovakian duty mark, on the collars of the handles. The knife and fish fork are marked 'Stahl' on the blade/tines, indicating steel. The silver is guaranteed at least 800 purity. The fish fork is about 10 inches long. The fish slice is about 11 inches long. The salad spoon and fork are about 10 1/2 inches long.