A stunning antique French sterling silver mounted cut crystal tea caddy. The crystal body patterned with exquisite wheel cut fluting. Further decorated with engraved ribbon bows and garland swags enhanced in gold gilding accents. Finished with a wheel cut 32-point starburst to the base. Topped with quality .950 French sterling silver mounts. Comprising of a hinged lid and reticulated collar. Opening to a gold vermeil interior. Finished with a reticulated collar of ribbon bows and garland swags, mirroring the same motif engraved on the crystal. A gorgeous piece, perfect for housing tea leaves as intended, or treat your guest at the table to macarons and bonbons. Measures 7 1/8" x 4 7/8" x 5 3/8" height. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting 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 .950 sterling). Bearing a maker's mark, the mark is slightly rubbed but appears to be that for silversmith Leon Champenois, active between 1894 and 1899 at 140 rue du Temple, Paris. In very good condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. No chips or cracks to the elegant crystal body. There are scratches to the base from years on the table, as expectant for its age.