Delightful antique French sterling silver "timbale", tumbler or wine cup with ornate guilloche style machined decoration, floral & foliate scrolled accenting and “Julien" inscription! "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 with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark (the tiny number "1" within designates 95% pure silver, higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver), it weighs 101 grams. The silversmith marks are most likely for Gaston Beseecher, Paris circa 1886-1923.. One of several that we're listing today and the weeks ahead so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good condition. Some slight surface makes and scuffs and there is a slight bit of dimpling around the base. A faint dimple just below and to the right of the “Julien” inscription but, as you can see, there are no other notable dents, damage or repairs. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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