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Antique French Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Crystal Bowl & Sugar Sifter Spoon Serving Set
An antique French sterling silver and gilt vermeil two piece serving set comprising of a cut crystal bowl and sugar sifter spoon. Housed within the original fitted presentation box. The thick, quality crystal bowl features an intricate cut pattern to the base. Sumptuous ornamentation to the sterling silver collar, festooned with acanthus garland swags and ribbons below a bead and barrel border. Perfect for setting sugar at table, in addition to serving strawberries or a colorful blend of summer berries. The sifter having a pierced bowl patterned as leaves on sinuous vines. The handle decorated with a blank oval medallion cartouche framed by oak leaves and acorns twined with ribbon. Both pieces bearing maker's marks for silversmith Edmond Molle, active from 1898-1919 at 114 rue du Temple. The sugar bowl is hallmarked with the French guarantee Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .950 sterling). The sifter spoon hallmarked with the Minerva 2nd standard mark, indicating a silver content of .800/1000 silver. Overall in good condition with general wear from use, no chips or cracks to the sugar bowl. Presentation box showing wear commensurate with age. Sugar sifter spoon measures 5 3/8" length. Serving bowl measures 4" diameter x 2 1/2" height. Presentation box measures 6 3/4" x 7 1/8", 4 1/4" height.
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