An antique French sterling silver & gilt vermeil strawberry serving spoon by Parisian silversmith Soufflot. The bowl beautifully crafted to resemble a St. Jacques coquille shell with gilt vermeil bowl. The handle patterned with scrolling foliage, tipped by a scalloped shell. Monogrammed with engraved initials AC. Measures 8 3/4" length with a 3 3/8" wide bowl. Weighs 87.5 grams. In good overall condition with general surface wear. Hallmarked with the French 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 .925 sterling). Also bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Henri Soufflot, who commence trade at 89 rue de Turbigo, Paris from 1884 - 1910. Housed in the original presentation box with red wine colored velvet and cream satin lined fitted interior. Retailed by Ernest Mouchelet of 31 rue Jeanne D'Arc in Rouen. Box measures 10 1/2" length x 4 1/2" width x 1 3/4" height. Presentation box showing wear commensurate with age.
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