Antique 19th century French sterling silver & gilt vermeil 14-piece tea service set. The set comprises of 12 teaspoons, pair of sugar tongs and a tea strainer. Beautifully patterned handles features trailing leaves on the vine with clusters of berries. Monogrammed with interlaced initials JB. Stylized lion paws adorn the tongs. The tea strainer having a finely pierced and gilded bowl surrounded by scrollwork and rocailles. Housed within the original presentation box with lever clasp, opening to a cream satin and red velvet lined fitted interior retailed for Robert-Roche in Nimes. Please see photos for measurements.
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). The tea strainer bearing the French hallmark of the wild boar, for .800/1000 silver content. Marker’s marks for silversmiths Hénin & Vivier, (1891-1896) of 77 rue des Archives, Paris.
The set is in good condition with general wear. The presentation box showing wear from age and use, having a split on the exterior of the base, though sturdy and houses the set well.