Antique 19th century French sterling silver demitasse tea or coffee cup and saucer set. Beautifully crafted, of the finest quality French .950 purity solid silver. The cup is a lovely with a good weight in hand and both pieces are elegant in styling. Patterned with Louis XVI style ribbon and reed borders. The finely casted handle features a scaled motif with acanthus details. 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 makers marks for Henin and Cie of 33 rue des Archives - Paris, active from May 11, 1875 to July 3, 1891. In overall good condition with general surface wear from use. The cup having two shallow dimples to the side and a slight indent to the rim opening as shown. Cup stands 2" height x 3 3/8" wide with the handle. Saucer measures 5" diameter. Total silver weight of 197.8 grams.
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