Elegant & rare LARGE 19.25" x 14.75" French sterling silver serving tray or platter with thick fluted serpentine border and engraved royal crown topped armorial crest or heraldry! Nothing overly frilly here but the piece was made originally for French royalty, as indicated by the engraved crest, a familial field flanked by lion rampants with a comital (count) crown overhead. Count or countess is a title in European countries for a noble of varying status, but historically deemed to convey an approximate rank intermediate between the highest and lowest titles of nobility. The word count came into English from the French comte, itself from Latin comes—in its accusative comitem—meaning “companion”, and later “companion of the emperor, delegate of the emperor”. The adjective form of the word is "comital". The British and Irish equivalent is an earl (whose wife is a "countess", for lack of an English term). So, the tray was made for a royal and, I'm sure if we took the time to look up the familial crest, we could determine who the original owner was. Oh to have more hours in the day :). In any event, here we have an elegant, large French sterling silver serving tray by one of the, if not THE, most prominent of French silversmiths. The bottom of the piece bears the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, post 1838 and the tiny number "1" within the marks designates it as being in at least .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith marks are for the world renowned House of ODIOT, maker to kings and royalty and highly sought after. Museum quality & craftsmanship, don't miss it!
Very good condition. Some light surface scuffing to the top and bottom but no dents, damage or repairs to note. Large & heavy, see pictures for all weights and measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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