Unique antique French hallmarked sterling silver 30oz coffee, tea, chocolate or warm milk pot with carved wood side handle, base mounted spout and acorn style finial! Quite unique in style, relatively simple where French sterling pots are concerned and in a distinct 1700s shape with the side handle reminiscent of early chocolate pots when chocolate was a luxury and reserved mainly for the wealthier citizens. A solitary monogram floating about half way up the body and a small flare at the end of the spout top off the decorative accents. The base bears the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within that mark means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is for Edmond Cavayat, Paris circa 1890. An elegant yet simplistic piece...not something the French are really known for :).
Very good condition. There is some slightly darkened discoloration on the exterior of the pot, mostly around the base and is possibly from the heating of the contents while inside the pot. The small amount of copper in the sterling silver can sometimes darken like this with intense heat but there are no dents or other notable flaws. The darkened spots are really more visible in the pictures that to the naked eye but there nonetheless. 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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