Antique Belle Epoque French sterling silver mounted cut crystal claret jug or decanter. Of quality crystal, decorated with gorgeous engraved florals and foliage, terminating to deep wheel cut fluting at the bottom. Finished with a cut 24-point starburst to the base. The exquisite sterling silver mounts with a gilt vermeil finish. Patterned with elegant neoclassical motifs including a laurel leaves and garland swags festooned with ribbon bows. Further enhanced with opulent filigree and openwork around the neck. Topped by a finely casted blossom shaped finial. Hallmarks to the hinged lid, collar and base of the handle. Entirely crafted of .950 silver. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which depicts 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). Bearing maker's marks for silversmith Alfred Hector, active 1881-1913 at 25 rue Palestro, Paris. Also marked for L. Lapar for silversmith and retailer Leon Lapar. In overall good antique condition, some wear to the vermeil finish and scratches to the crystal base, commensurate with age and use. A small dimple to the back of the hinged lid. Measures 9 1/4" tall.
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