An Ercuis silverplated three piece tea service set made by the master French craftsmen from Ercuis. Each urn shaped body with a reeded shoulder band, beaded rim, on three leafy splay feet.
The pieces in question are made of silver plate. Electroplating involves placing a layer of silver on the surface of the piece. The resulting silver content is rather small. The remainder of the piece is made of some more common metal such as copper. The value of such pieces most often is not based on silver content but based more on the design and construction of the piece.
Since 1867, Ercuis has produced fine silverware used in embassies, yachts, and luxury hotels around the world. Founded by a French priest, Adrien Céleste Pillon, Ercuis originally created silver items for use in church services. The factory quickly branched out into dinnerware and silverware for royal houses as well. Today, Ercuis carries on the tradition through the works of craftsmen who care about quality, detail and passion. At 63 microns, the silverplating used in the Ercuis flatware collections is almost double the industry standard. In addition, the company's specialized plating machinery places an extra deposit of silver on all the areas of the cutlery that get the most wear.
Tea pot : 21.5 cm. ( 8 1/2" ) tall and 23 cm. ( 9 1/16" ) wide, weight : 840 g.
Jug : 10.5 cm. ( 4 9/64" ) tall and 11 cm. ( 4 21/64" ) wide, weight : 219g.
Bowl : 14.5 cm. ( 5 45/64" ) tall and 14 cm. ( 5 1/2" ) wide, weight : 426 g.
Condition : very good overall - note, however, some wear to the teapot's interior!
Total weight : 1,585 g.
A French silver-plate 3 piece tea set, Orfèvrerie Ercuis, Paris, 1950 c.