Lovely antique 19th century French sterling silver and gilt vermeil tea caddy spoon / scoop. Featuring a scalloped shell shaped bowl. Decorated with intricate and finely detailed engraved floral forms with bright cut engraved accents. Having a nice sturdy handle, tipped with foliage detail and monogrammed with interlaced initials EL or LE. Measures 4 3/8". Weighs 21 grams. This piece is superb to add to your tea service, or add to a favorite tea caddy. In good condition. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which guaranteed the finest quality French sterling silver of .950/1000 purity in use from 1838 (95% pure silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Bearing a marker’s mark for silversmith Eusebe Callot, active from 1847 to 1865 at 30 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, Paris. The workshop was succeeded by silversmith François Auguste BOYER CALLOT after 1865.
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