The selection of historical woods used to create the magnificent Versailles collection were recovered from the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. Nearly all of the rare and old specimen trees of the castle were uprooted during the terrible storm of December 26, 1999, most of those trees were imported from around the world to the Chateau de Versailles during the 18th century has part of the 1776 centurial gardens renovation ordered by Louis XVI. All genuine Chateau Laguiole like this one are Made in France.
The symbol represented on this Versailles model is an exact replica of Marie Antoinette's seal and represent the Queen's interlocked initials (M.A.) The queen was notorious for marking her properties located in "Le petit Trianon palace" with this symbol. The permission to use Marie Antoinette's seal was kindly given to Mr. Vialis by the Chateau de Versailles authorities.
Handle Material: 223 years old Tulipwood (Dalbergia frutescens) recover from the gardens of Versailles after the storm of December 26 1999.
The tree was located in Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon palace gardens. Originally imported from Virginia, USA the tree was planted in between the years 1771/1773, just a few years after the complition of the Petit Triaon palace. Age of the tree is based on the aproximated year the mature sapling was planted 1771/1776 and the year it died (1999).
Please note: Actual handle color and pattern of the item you receive may vary from above stock photo.
All Chateau Laguiole are made of 12C27 stainless steel and weight around 4 oz (113 grams). Overall length closed is 4.5 inches (11.40 cm). The foils cutter is serrated and measure 1.5/8 inches ~4.06 cm).