Some would refer to this item as a cologne caddy, but in fact it is meant to use for liqueurs, and has a triple carafon set to serve a choice of 3 liqueurs. A superb liqueur decanter set, service with each piece hand crafted and all original. The caddy or holder is fine French sterling silver with an 18k layer of gold (vermeil) which does show some wear-away but still retains a great deal of the gold finish and creates that patina of age, as well. This elegant serving piece will be perfect for table or side table service. The shaped tri-carafe bodies are wheel engraved crystal, and include the repeat of the acanthus and forms on the perforated silver caddy, along with a cartouche of arrows and scabbard which creates a decidedly Empire feel to it, a' la Napoleon. The Minerve #1 mark we have enlarged for your review confirms it is .950/1000 pure silver, the world's finest. My photographer did capture the poincon (punch mark) to identify our silversmith, so I'll need to find that one and do our research and add to our listing. The carafes are what the French refer to as a "carafon" or small carafe designed specifically for liqueur, used in service of aperitif. A shot cup of delicious spirits to enliven the taste buds ahead of a fine meal. We've shown it alongside a pair of the small aperitif cordials, but they are not mates to this decanter set and are not included - just shown so you'll see what type of stemware or cup you'll want to use. You'll thrill in use, but also in display of this one. I've very rarely found this type, with the screw-on cap. Usually a stopper suffices. Measurements noted directly on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition without any chips nor cracks, and no damage to the finely crafted sterling silver. Possibly some light evidence of use, but very little. As noted, the 18k gold layer has worn though a bit, and you can evaluate it with our photos. All stoppers are original an undamaged, too. Hand cut, hand crafted throughout.
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