Antique French Empire Sterling Silver Chocolate Pot w/ Moussoir
Elegant genuine French sterling silver chocolate pot with the original moussoir! The lines are very clean. The body of the pot exemplifies simplicity; sleek straight lines, gently tapering from the base to the lid, supply the perfect canvas for an exquisite spout. This spout is fluted, finely chased throughout and decorated with a swag of laurel leafs and berries. The lid, from which emerges the top or cover of the spout, has a laurel leaf and berry border. The top knop is pineapple shaped, resting on a leafy bed; all attached to the top with a hinge. The top knop covers the circular opening on the lid for the moussoir. This pot comes with the original moussoir, very rare to find one with a moussoir at all. A fine wooden handle emerges from the side of the body; set in a sterling mount edged with laurel leafs and berries. All pieces marked .950 sterling with the Minerve 1st titre. The bottom of the pot is punched with the maker's mark. Unfortunately, I am not sure of the maker. There are two French silversmiths with the same initials and the same Etruscan vase symbol; but as I am unable to locate a photograph of either marks, I must give you both makers. The first is Auguste Magnen, active in Paris, 1883; the second is Mailhan, also active in Paris, 1884. Condition is good. There is a faint depression or dent on the body. It's difficult to photograph and see, but when the light hits a certain way it is evident. The photos of the front left side show this area; the light glances off the area. There is some stubborn tarnish, a pin prick here or there. The moussoir is in excellent condition. A charming chocolate pot. And priced to sell!
Dimensions: Height is 9", as is the width. The diameter is 3.75" at the base. Weight is 730 grams, or 27 ounces.