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Ornate Large Antique French Sterling Silver Tea Pot
A gorgeous antique 19th century French sterling silver teapot made by Parisian silversmiths Debain & Flamant, circa 1864-1880. Beautifully decorated in stunning guilloché engraving, featuring stylized neoclassical foliage and a central medallion cartouche engraved with interlaced initials SA or AS. Measures 11" from handle to spout x 6 1/2" in diameter x 6 5/8" tall. Weighs 595g. Will hold about 48-ounces of your favorite tea! Hallmarked with the French Minerva 1 mark, depicting the head of the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950, which is 95% pure (almost pure silver) and higher than .925 sterling. Also bearing marks for master silversmiths Debain & Flamant, who worked together from 1864 to 1880, at 140 rue du Temple in Paris. This large teapot is in wonderful condition for its age with perhaps one or two tiny dimple possible. Édouard Debain and Louis-Frédéric Flamant, succeeded the Maison (François-) Alphonse Debain at 140 rue du Temple in Paris. They registered their maker's mark for large silverwares on May 30th 1864. They were manufacturers of all types of silverware, table services and fantasy articles.
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