Gorgeous antique French Louis Philippe era sterling silver coffee or tea cup, possibly wine tumbler or with handle, with ornate Gothic style pattern, acanthus framed medallion with interlaced "CE" or "EC" monogram and wonderful condition! Isn't this one fabulous! An ornate Gothic style engraved or machined pattern completely covering the exterior, likely 18k gold 'vermeil' interior and simply stunning! It bears the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within that mark means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is for Pierre Queille of Paris, circa 1834-1846 during the reign of Louis Philippe and the House of Orléans, (1830–1848). The Bourbon restoration came to an end with the July Revolution of 1830, which deposed Charles X and replaced him with Louis Philippe I, a distant cousin with more liberal politics. The popular monarchy changed the styles and forms of the ancien regime, replacing it with more populist forms. Ultimately it was overthrown as well during the continent-wide Revolutions of 1848, to be replaced by the Second French Republic and Napoleon III. A lovely and rare piece here, don't miss it.
Very good condition. Some wear to the inner vermeil finish and there are two small dents to the base. See pictures for all measurements and weight.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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