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Antique French PUIFORCAT Sterling Silver Wine or Mint Julep Cup or Timbale
Fine antique French sterling silver timbale, tumbler or wine cup with ornate guilloche style machined decoration, foliate accenting and monogram scroll! "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, it weighs 46 grams. Silversmith marks are for the world renowned Emile PUIFORCAT (House of Puiforcat), Paris c. 1857-. The company is now owned by HERMES (since 1990s), and has a long and lauded history. One of several that we're listing today so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good condition. Possibly a tiny dimple or two but, as you can see, there are no notable dents, damage or repairs. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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