A superb French silver cruet stand housing two beautiful wheel cut glass decanters, dating to the late 19th century to early 20th. Quite unique to this set are the two decanters, which feature a vibrant cobalt blue overlay further enhanced by deep wheel cut decoration. Topped by faceted cut stoppers. The decanters rest within a stunning boat shaped stand, crafted entirely of .800 silver and decorated in extraordinary reticulated tracery. Of superb quality and craftsmanship, the tracery adorns the stand, and the two decanter holders. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 2nd standard mark used from 1838 to 1919, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 2 beside her to denote a silver content of 800/1000. All parts are hallmarked, located on the very base of the stand and tracery edge, additionally found on the two decanter and two stopper holders. Maker's marks for Ernest Eschwége, active circa 1890s - 1921 at 42 rue Meslay in Paris. A very charming cruet set. In overall very good condition. No chips or cracks to the glass decanters, a small nibble or two to the faceted stoppers, the sterling base is in good condition with no damage or signs of repair, normal general wear commensurate with age. Dimensions: The decanters measure 4 7/8" in total height. The stand measures 7 1/4" length x 3" width.
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