Antique Dutch .833 Silver 24-pc Cased Dessert Spoon Fork Set 1878 W. F. Schuss
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Antique Dutch .833 Silver 24-pc Cased Dessert Spoon Fork Set 1878 W. F. Schuss:
ANTIQUE DUTCH .833 SILVER 24-Pc CASED DESSERT SPOON FORK SET 1878 W. F. SCHUSS
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For your consideration we have an excellent ANTIQUE 24-Pc. DUTCH .833 SILVER CASED DESSERT / FRUIT SPOON & FORK SET from W.F. SCHUSS of the Netherlands, c1878.This is a somewhat rare and interesting fruit set containing 12 good-sized spoons and 12 three-tined forks, all in their original locking presentation case. i hesitate to even call this a fruit set because it is actually very practical and versatile, excellent for parties, small catering, large meals, etc. when you need a lot of spoons and forks. Highly portable, lockable and takes up no space, yet instant quality silver service for twelve!i did not identify the pattern but except for three beautifully-matched pieces, all are marked:
Maker Mark - ANCHOR (over) WS in square lozenge: W.F. Schuss
Date code t: 1878
Minerva w/A assay office
Lion Passant #2: .833 Silver;One fork is from H.A. Schuss with date code "b" for 1867, and one fork and one spoon are c.1865 with an unidentified mark: PR (over) 117 in square lozenge. The forks measure ~7"(17.8cm) long and weigh ~35grams each; the spoons measure ~7-1/4"(18.4cm) long and weigh ~38grams each for a total .833 silver weight of 884grams(28.52oz.Tr.). Condition overall is very good-excellent with some signs of age/use (e.g. fine scratches) but nothing overt. The silver had been neglected, was given a light cleaning and presents beautifully; with a light buff/polish, even better!The set comes to us in its original form-fitted case which has some wear/aging as per photos. Hardware all works as it should; case bottom has a slight warp. Simple yet ingenious off-set locking latch that is easy and quick if you know it, but hard to open if you don't, adds security when not in use and ensures that it does not open in transit. Hardware could be polished but many are freakish about cleaning antique brass so i will leave that up to the buyer to consider. This is a great versatile service and would make an excellent gift! For maximum photo detail after selecting an image to view, be sure to click on the scrolling photo again to enlarge to super-size. Other photos available upon request.
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