Gorgeous antique French 18K gold on sterling silver (vermeil) condiments or caviar style dish & spoon set with ornate Empire styling and original fitted storage and/or presentation box! The bowl or dish fits so perfectly, I'm wondering if it was ordered from a French silversmith for the set..? The dish bears the post 1878 French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within the mark means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for 'sterling' silver). Silversmith marks on it are for Risler & Carre, Paris circa 1897-1912. The spoon bears German .800 silver hallmarks, also in 18K gold vermeil, with silversmith marks for E. Schurmann. The box has a stamp on the inside of the lid that reads "E. Schurmann & Co., Paul Tubben, vereinigte Hofjuweliere, Frankfurt a Main, Rossmarkt 11". So, we know that the spoon is definitely original to the box. As I said though, the French dish fits snugly as if it was original and, needless to say, it's more valuable since it's .950 French sterling silver. Anyway, you have a gorgeous set here, don't miss it!
Very good to excellent condition. The French dish is pristine, not a hint of loss to the vermeil or damage/repairs to the silver. The spoon, as you can see, does have a bit of tarnish (sorry) and there are a few small spots of wear to the vermeil. The box is entirely intact and in great shape other than that it's missing a portion of the clasp. See pictures for all weights 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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