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Absolutely gorgeous antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era sterling silver 4pc coffee & tea set, a comprehensive service including the taller coffee or hot water pot, tea pot, covered sugar bowl or caddy and creamer, all with an elegant French rococo or classical Louis XV styling with exquisite scrolling acanthus & seashell shapes in deep bas relief, spiral fluted bodies and all in wonderful condition! Aren't these simply fabulous! A complete 4pc set and as beautifully French as can be with a scrumptious, elegant French rococo style and all beautifully preserved. Magnificent all! Thick & heavy old French sterling silver, too, made to last and as ornate as one could hope for. The four pieces have a total weight of 75.7 troy ounces or 2355 grams. The French Minerve or Minerva hallmark on all separate parts (lids, bodies, etc.), the tiny number "1" within those marks means they're all in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The diamond or 'lozenge' shaped silversmith marks read "B.B." with laurel benches or crown and I'm currently investigating and will add as quickly as I locate reference, possibly for Basile Bousquet, Paris circa 1874-1880. A simply marvelous set, rare to find a complete 4pc service with such a timeless and elegant pattern or style! I simply LOVE this set, RARE and quite unique!
Very good condition. There are a few small dimples here and there, nothing large though. The handles are all sterling silver, somewhat rare and original. See pictures for individual weights, capacities and measurements.
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