Fine antique French Louis XVIII to Louis Philippe era hallmarked sterling silver mint julep or wine cup, tumbler or "timbale", a simplistic style with engraved decoration on both sides, including an interlaced "FO" or "OF" monogram! "Timbale" is the French term for the stemless metal goblet or tumbler used for wine, (in our case, sterling silver). The noun feminine for it is tasse, which is more like a typical cup with handle. Demi-tasse is a half or small cup. In their time, these were used for wine at the table. Some speculate this form of drinking goblet is that after which the English term for 'thimble' evolved, the form or shape being that of the thimble for sewing. The goblet predates the sewing thimble, however. A long history is France, these are much sought after and bring a surprising price as many collect this particularly French wine goblet. The earlier, the better. I've seen them fetch upward of $1000, and even the more common silversmiths from 19th century are in the $400 range and above. A relatively simplistic piece here where ornamentation is concerned, just the engraved decoration including an interlaced "OF" or "FO" monogram with "185" on the front and "A - O 79" on the back. In solid sterling silver (the tiny number "1" within the 1819-1838 Michelange or Michelangelo hallmark means it's in .950 or 95% pure so higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver) and weighs 65 grams. The silversmith mark is for Theodor Tonnelier, Paris circa 1798 to early 1800s. One of several that we currently have available, along with a host of superb antique French sterling silver offerings, so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Good to very good condition. A few small denting around the base (some appearing to have been straightened) with a few dimples on the sides. See pictures for weight and measurements.