An antique Belle Epoque era French sterling silver liquor service. Comprising of a stoppered decanter, set of six shot glasses and a silver plated tray, all housed in the original presentation box. The glass is of superb quality clear glass richly decorated with finely etched intaglios. The body of the decanter features engraved floral and foliate garland swags suspended by large ribbon bows terminating to deep wheel cut fluting at the base. Enhanced by elegant French sterling silver mounts accented with Louis XVI style ribbon and reed banding. The set is complete and housed in the original fitted presentation box, the lid monogrammed MD, retailed by J. Simonet of 55, Avenue de l' Alma - Angle de l' Avenue Champs-Elysées.
Hallmarks to the decanter and shot glasses of the French Minerve 1st hallmark, which depicts the head of the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950/1000, in use from 1838. That's 95% pure silver and a higher grade of finesse than the standard .925 sterling. Also bearing maker's marks for silversmith and jeweler Adolphe Flogny, who was active at 26 rue Feydeau in Paris during the period of 1902-1907. The tray is marked for Saglier Freres, who took over the company from their father (Victor Sanglier) in 1894 until the 1920s.
The set is in overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. There is a tight hair line to the opening of the decanter, though this seems to be on the outside between of the glass and silver mount; a small chip to the bottom edge of the stopper. The tray with some surface scratches from use. The presentation box houses the set well, though shows its age with staining and wear to the satin lining the interior.
Decanter stands 8 7/8" height x 2 3/4" wide. The shot glasses are 2" tall x 1 3/8" diameter opening. Tray measures 7 5/8" x 5 5/8". The presentation box is 10" x 7 1/2" x 3 3/8" height.
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