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Antique French Sterling Silver 3p Ecuelle, Butter, Sauce or Caviar Set, Highly Ornate
Highly ornate antique French Belle Epoque era sterling silver 3pc ecuelle, a butter, bouillon or caviar serving set including bowl, lid and under plate or saucer with ornate rococo floral decoration and all in fabulous condition! The French term "ecuelle" literally means "a 2-handled bowl used for soup" or "drinking bowl". I can think of much more elegant uses for a piece like this, can't you? This happens to be one of two similar 3pc sets that we're adding today and both could really be used for just about anything you could imagine. This, the smaller of the two, has a 5.25" saucer and the actual dish is 4 3/4" wide with the handles and is 2 7/8" tall with the lid and finial. Add some shaved ice and a small floating glass dish on top and you have an elegant caviar serving piece! All three pieces bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" in the upper right corner means they're all in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith marks are for Emile Delaire, Paris circa 1882-1920. We'll leave the use up to you but, as you can see, anything you put in it is bound to be SO much more pleasurable both for the eye and the palate.
Excellent condition. This one is in thick & heavy old French sterling silver. All three pieces are pristine with no dents, damage or repairs. See pictures for individual measurements and weights.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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