This fabulous set of 5 sterling silver individual nut cups were executed during the Aesthetic era of the mid-1800's to the turn of the 20th century and portrays the grandeur and opulence of the period. Made especially for the up-scale department stores of Marshall Field & Co.
The oval-shape cups produced by the repousse silversmith method, portray on either side a cherub with flute serenading another, while at each end are three floral blossoms. All the figures are encircled and intertwined among flowing scrolls and geometric designs. The cups measure 3" in length, 2 1/4" in width and 1/2" in depth. The total weight of the set of 5 is 210 grams or 7.4 ounces. They are each stamped "Marshall Field & Co. - Sterling - 5117". They are accompanied by their own felt bag, probably original, but not marked with any store logo. Near mint condition; nice patina. Great items, great pattern, and great store.