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Antique French Sterling Silver Demitasse Coffee or Tea Cup, Saucer. 18k Vermeil Interior
With a French Minerve #1 mark, (which my photographer someone missed showing in the images), we know this beautiful cop and saucer are guaranteed to be finest .950/1000 pure silver. The interior of the cup has a generous layering of 18k gold (vermeil) to enrich it further, and the overall design work and engraving in the guilloche manner (machined) elevates it even further. This is not the extra large chocolate cup we sometimes offer, and isn't the other typical French tea cup, but is a gorgeous little demitasse or very small cup for espresso. Perfect for your own enjoyment, or to give as a special gift. I've shown the silversmith's mark clearly, but have been unable to find this particular silversmith in our reference books. Will continue to search. Measurements noted on photos, but cup is about the same as a fine old English china tea cup.
Very good to excellent condition, I find no dents to mention and no flaws. The gold (18k vermeil) interior of the bowl is brilliant and even, showing little of its age. We would put the date in Napoleon III era to as late as 1910, but not later. Yes, the Minerve #1 is on both pieces.
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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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