12 French 1st Standard Silver "Thread" Teaspoons
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Each of these twelve spoons measures 5 5/8" long and has a script "E.F." monogram on the back of the handle, set in the European manner with the monogram facing the diner. The group weigh 7.2 T. oz.
Presumably they are teaspoons, although with their sharply defined tips, they could be used for fruit.
The pattern is appropriately a "French Thread," given that these are French in origin and fully marked so.
They are stamped with a first standard (950 parts silver vs. 925 for sterling) minerva head. There is a maker's mark which is invariably struck across the lines of the design so is difficult to read. It is a diamond lozenge with what appears to be an "L" at the top, contains in part the letters "tat" in the center, and something like an "x" or double "u" on the lower section. Lastly, each piece is stamped with an insect bigorne (in use 1838-1984) on the front, exactly opposite the minerva head on the backside.
The condition is superb. There is no visible wear, the finishes are brilliant, and the bowls are flawless.