Glorious set of crumb trays entirely comprised of heavy solid French sterling silver (just a reminder: the French sterling standard is .950 parts silver, whereas, in the US and UK, .925 parts sterling is the standard). Condition is excellent. The superior weight and heft of the tray pair, protects them from the expectable dings and scuffing associated with their utility . The styling : this is a sumptuous iteration of the fer de lance pattern boasting a magnificent mascaron on the handle of the long tray. The wide tray handle embellished with a finely executed shell motif, laurel leaf adornment, enclosed within a strapped border, a textured ground. The tray beds engraved with fer de lance features, bell flowers, strapping and textured borders; and edges deeply gadrooned. The juxtaposition we find here of absolute value, luxury and menial purpose, what we might call a marriage of elite and plebeian, emblematic of irony. And so, of course, a source of social commentary at table. Not to mention an enduring value in semi-precious metal. Just the thing to shake a fist at economic uncertainty in these times. The maker, Amelie Cardeilhac, was the daughter of Ernest Cardeilhac, and heir to the family firm dating from 1804. Maison Cardeilhac a renowned name in French sterling; many awards and medals won by the family of artisans. Amelie contributed her own share of creative genius, well executed and duly honored. The Cardeilhac machines purchased by Christofle in 1951.
Measurements: 10.25" wide, 9" long & 2.25" high on the larger tray. The tray with the long handle is 12.5" long & 3" wide. Combined weight is 746 grams!
Marks: Both trays bear the Minerve 1st titre: french guarantee for .950 sterling silver, as well as the maker's punch for Amelie Cardeilhac 1904-1920.
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