Set for 12 antique mid-19th century French sterling silver coffee spoons or teaspoons richly enhanced with gold vermeil finish. Beautifully crafted, of quality French sterling and with a nice weight in hand. Patterned with elegant guilloche engraving. The motif includes polka-dots, neoclassical wreaths and scalloped edging the bowls.The handles with threaded hourglass shaped handles terminating to a scalloped shell. Engraved monogram of initials M.D. Fully 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 two silversmith marks for Edmond Jamet and Louis-Patient Cottat, both active silversmiths in Paris at around the same time period. Edmond Jamet was active between 1831 and 1847 and commenced trade in Paris at 15 place Dauphine. Louis-Patient Cottat was a known silver cutler, in particular spoons, and was active between 1831-1866 with a workshop located at 47 quai de l'Horloge, Paris. Overall the set in good condition with some wear commensurate with age and use. The spoons measure 5 5/8" length. Total silver weight is 303.6 grams. The set is housed in a presentation box measuring 6 1/8" x 5 1/2".
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