You will not want to miss this very beautiful Antique French Sterling Silver Tea/Coffee/Chocolate Cup & Saucer Set with partial Vermeil gilt and elegant guilloché engraving decoration. Guilloché is a kind of engine-turned engraving technique that was very popular in late 19C to early 20C in Paris. This Cup & Saucer Set showcases very lovely early Art Nouveau style floral pattern guilloché. The casted handle is large and has quite unique shape with acanthus and floral accent. The Cup has hand-engraved rectangular flame adorned with floral and foliage decoration, with inscription "Hélène." This is simply a gorgeous find to be treasured! Don't miss out!
Hallmarked French Minerva No.1 Titre mark on cup and saucer, to guarantee .950 purity sterling silver. This is one of the highest quality sterling silver in the world, purer than standard .925 sterling silver. Maker's mark of Victor Boivin. The firm by Nicolas Vautrin in 1815, then it succeeded by his son Jules Boivin in 1862. Jules's son Victor Boivin registered his mark on 1881 at 5 rue de Montmorency in Paris, specialised in small and fashionable silver tablewares.
Measurements & Condition
Cup measures 2.5" (6.5 cm) tall x 3.2" (8.2 cm) diameter at top. Weight 5.94 Troy ounces (185 grams.)
Saucer measures 6.3" (16 cm) diameter x 0.4" (1.2 cm) high. Weight 3.85 Troy ounces (120 grams.)
Total weight of 2 pc: 9.80 Troy ounces / 305 grams.
Excellent Estate Condition with some age-related light scratch marks from long years of right use. The Vermeil (gold-gilt) is slightly faded on some part, please refer the detail photo. Otherwise in excellent shape.
(Item Reference No.840)
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