Elegant large antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era sterling silver wine or mint julep cup, tumbler or "timbale" with ornate guilloche style machined or engraved decoration, medallion sans monogram and unique footed base! Oversized, this one stands just under 4.5" tall and holds 10oz with room to the rim, large for these old French tumblers. The rim and base are stamped with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within those marks means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is for Veuve Ernest Compere, Paris circa 1868-1888. One of two that we're adding today, and several that we currently have available, so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
"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.
Very good condition. A few faint dimples and some 'pushes' to the footed base but no larger dents, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for weight and measurements.