This offering is for a magnificent Antique French Sterling Silver Egg Cup Stand Set for 12. This captivating piece consists of 12 egg cups, 12 egg spoons and the stand with central carrying handle. The cups and spoons are wholly made of finest quality French sterling silver .950 purity, finely decorated with elegant Napoleon III style Guilloche machine engraving decoration. All the pieces bear hand engraved armorial heraldry coats of arms with crown, presumably that of a noble family from Provence region of France. The stand is also decorated with raised and gilded matching coats of arms with motto and a pair of winged lion or eagle supporters.
The interior of the egg cups have elegant vermeil finish (gold-washed over sterling.) The stand is decorated with rich detail of foliage or acanthus motifs and flowers on the carrying handle, and is standing on four casted acanthus feet.
This is a completed set with all original pieces. And the condition is quite excellent, less than usual age-related light scratches.
The cups and the spoons are clearly hallmarked the French Minerva No.1 mark, which guaranteed the finest quality French sterling silver .950 purity (higher than standard .925 sterling,) used since 1838 in Paris. The maker's mark is that of "Nicolas Vautrin," 15 rue des Quatre-Fils, active in Paris 1859-1862.
The measurements: The cups measure 2" (5.2cm) diameter x 3 1/4" (8.1cm) high, weight total 14.91 oz (422.7g.) The spoons measure 4 3/4" (12cm) long x almost 1" (2.4cm) wide at bowl, weight total 5.42 oz (153.9g.) The total weight of sterling silver is 20.33 oz (576.6g.)
The stand is silver-plated, hallmarked a square mark with initial "AV1." It stands 12 3/8" (31.4cm) high x 9 1/4" (23.5cm) diameter. The total weight of the set is 66.6 oz (1889g.)
The ultimate in luxury! Completed with all original matching pieces, this fabulous set has great investment value. Don't miss out!
Item ID: item 031
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