Presented is a superb quality French silver 22pc spoon and fork set. This set was made by the Maillard Bros & Vazou, and dates to circa 1897-1903. This set is made from French first standard silver, which has a purity of .950. It's worth noting that this is a higher silver purity than sterling, which is 925. The forks are a good large size, easily large enough for dinner forks. The spoons are large oval soup spoons but can be used for a wide variety of purposes. The pieces are made in a beautiful pattern featuring intricate foliate and ribbon form decoration, front and back. Each piece has a monogram of CC in very detailed overlapping letter. The monogram is on the back of the terminal, in the European style, so it will not be visible if the pieces are used in an American style table setting. The set comes in a fitted box with red interior lining and black exterior. The box has latches that turn to lock. The lid has a brass plate inset with a monogram of CC, beneath the handle.
The pieces are stamped with the French first standard mark of Minerva's head, guaranteeing a silver purity of 950/1000. There is also a maker's mark for Maillard Freres & Vazou.
This set is in excellent condition. The details of the design are nice and crisp. There are no breaks, no monogram removals, and no repairs. The box is in good shape. The leather exterior of the top and sides is intact, but it has some loss to the black exterior on the underside. The locking latches are working well.
The spoons are about 8 3/8 inches long. The forks are about 8 3/8 inches long.
The total weight for the set is 1809 grams or 63.8 regular ounces.