Lovely antique French sterling silver 5 5/8" tall 16oz chocolate pot, verseuse or hot water pot with baluster shaping, turned wood handled laurel festooned lid! Possibly a custom commissioned piece, there are no silversmith marks that I can find. An interesting mix of French silver hallmarks though, this one bears both the 1819-1838 Michel-Ange or Michelangelo & Diana marks AND post 1838 Minerve or Minerva marks. This would lead one to believe that it was made in 1838, that being the year the switch was made between the marks. In the style of the old 18th century side-handled chocolate pots, this one more likely meant for warm milk or water though and there is no stir stick opening in the lid. Nothing overly frilly, just a simple utilitarian pot but as elegant as can be with the columnar spout and festooned lid. I sure wish I could provide more history or provenance but, as is the case with so many treasures, we just have to imagine. Enjoy!
Very good condition. Possibly a tiny dimple or two but there are no dents, no damage or repairs that I can see. The wood portion of the handle unscrews for polishing (clockwise). See pictures for weight and measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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