Rare LOUIS XIV Pattern Coin Silver Carving Set
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Up for bid is a very rare hollow handle coin silver roast carving set in what is often identified as the LOUIS XIV pattern by John Polhamus. It was actually patented by John C. Moore, and was produced by other makers. The knife is 13 1/8" long and the fork is 11 1/8". The handles are 5 1/4" long and are identical to LOUIS XIV, save for the repeated section near the joints, likely required to fit the blades securely. The blades are carbon steel, now buffed to a polish. The pieces are monogrammed "Curtis" on the handles. The knife blade is marked "PRATT, ROPES & Co. / AMERICAN CUTLERY". The handles are unmarked. This came to me with a matching set of tea knives with silver blades by Albert Coles, plus six large dinner knives with silver plated blades. All had the same monogram and same pattern.
Condition on the set is fair. The handles are in decent shape with a few shallow dings. The blade and tines were professionally reset and polished, but retain numerous rust pits. The knife blade was likely longer and wider originally. Still, an exceptionally early silver handle American carving set!