Large ornate late 19th century French sterling silver chocolate or coffee / tea cup and saucer set. Heavily decorated in Rococo style foliate and rocailles. Centered with an elaborate cartouche framed by rocailles and C-scrolls, flanked by a floral cascade and cattails (roseaux). Finely engraved monogram of interlaced initials LG. The cup is further enhanced with a casted scrolling foliate handle. Both saucer and cup are hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st titre mark designating a silver content of .950/1000, a higher grade than the standard .925. Bearing maker's marks for silversmith Armand Abit, 1895-1898 at 71 rue du Temple, Paris. In good condition with general surface wear commensurate with use. A dimple to the back side of the cup and tiny dimple or two to the saucer. Cup stands 2 7/8" height x 5 5/8" wide with the handle. Saucer measures 6 7/8" diameter. Total silver weight of 309 grams.
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