4 CHRISTOFLE 'MARLY' DESSERT FORKS, UNCOMMON SIZE
Christofle is perhaps France's most prestigious silver maker, dating from about 1840. 'Marly' is its oldest pattern, still in production. In addition to its innovative designs, Christofle also took the early lead on advancing the plating process which it had licensed from Elkington to make wares which were more heavily plated than their competitors and attractive to prestigious customers from all over the world. Named after the Marly castle of Louis XV, the pattern incorporates design elements from that period. The 4 forks bear the older Christofle mark, and are an unusual size. They were probably made for the European market – 6-1/8 in. long – and have no monograms or removal. (And yes, the plating depth of Christofle is reputed to survive monogram removals!) There is a scratch on one tine (see photo with Christofle mark) but are in otherwise very good condition – strong design, even tines, very little wear.