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Louis Pioger: Antique French Sterling Ebony Punch or Toddy Ladle
This elegant creation is 17" long! A beautiful punch or toddy ladle, with 8" of fluted ebony handle attached to a sterling silver stem. The lower end of the handle has a silver tip with a ring attached to it; safety for the utility for the storage. The bowl is simply shaped, a classic form. Both handle and bowl are punched with the Minerve 1st titre, the French guarantee for .950 parts silver. The tips at the other end bears the Tete Sanglier, or Boar's Head. The guarantee for small items and for items with .800 parts silver. The 'small guarantee' means that if an item is to tiny to punch with the Minerve, it gets the tete. The Tete does not mean the silver is .800 parts silver. That is the minimum. I've not tested the tip; but I think it's sterling. Condition is very good. I would say excellent but there's the tiniest bit of a wobble, perhaps a small attachment device missing. It's very faint, almost wonder if it's my imagination; but best to err on the side of caution. This is an unusual piece by virtue of it's length, condition and elegant simplicity. Priced to sell. Oops! Almost forgot; the 17" does not include the extension with the little ring. That addition brings the length to 17.25".
Makers Punch: Louis Pioger, active in Paris in 1913. In a month or so, 100 years old. So it's an antique.
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