Antique late 19th century French sterling silver 2pc egg cup & matching spoon breakfast set, housed within the original fitted presentation box. The egg cup enhanced with melon or pumpkin shaping along the bowl and decorated with intricate floral engraving. To the center is a blank oval medallion cartouche. The spoon with floral engraving to the top of the handle. Both pieces are hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard hallmark. In use from 1838, the mark depicts the head of the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950/1000 silver (95% pure silver and a higher grade of finesse than .925 sterling.) The spoon handle with a small boar head hallmark indicating .800 silver content to the handle portion. Both piece bearing a silversmith's mark for Pierre Gavard, active from 1886 to 1895 at 19 rue Meslay, Paris. Egg cup stands 2 7/8" x 1 3/4" diameter opening. Spoon is 4 3/4" length. Total silver weight is 37" grams. In overall good antique condition. A small indention to the top of the rim, the egg cup slightly askew. Housed in the original presentation box, which does show wear to the exterior from age and use. Box measures 4 7/8" x 4 1/8" x 2 7/8" height.
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