Delightful antique French sterling silver "timbale", tumbler or wine cup with ornate Art Nouveau style raised or bas relief floral & foliate decoration and “Louis" inscription! "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 marvelous piece here in solid .950 sterling silver with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark (the tiny number "1" within designates 95% pure silver, higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver), it weighs 101 grams. The silversmith mark is for Alphonse Debain, Paris circa 1883-1911. One of several that we currently have available so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Good condition. Some slight dimples around the body and a few small dents around the base curve. We've left it alone, as it came to us from France, but our silversmith could likely get the dents out for around $45-50 if you would prefer. See pictures for weight and measurements.