Magnificent & rare matched PAIR of antique French Louis XVI style sterling silver double open salt or sweetmeat caddies, highly ornate with a nearly rococo styling, silver center handles and 18k gold vermeil lined sterling wells or bowls! Aren't these great! French post-1838 Minerve or Minerva hallmarks on both pieces but I've not been able to find any silversmith marks (I'll look further, they're often tiny and hidden in this ornate style making it tough). French "first quality", the tiny number "1" within the marks means they're in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). Most likely to be used as open salts but we've also seen them referred to as sweetmeat caddies and, as gorgeous as they are, you'll likely want to use them as often as possible and for just about anything :). Very unique, as elegantly French as can be and a rare matched pair in near pristine condition. Don't miss them!
Very good to excellent condition. There might possibly be a tiny dimple here and there but I've gone over them quite closely while searching for silversmith marks and there was nothing that stood out to me. A bit of tarnish visible in the deeper recesses. The French Minerva hallmark is on the base/stands and all four of the removable salt wells. Simply gorgeous! See pictures for weights and measurements.