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Gustave Marmuse: French Sterling Spoons (11) & Tongs: Mascarons!
Fine set of 11 coffee or demi-tasse spoons and matching pair of tongs created by Gustave Marmuse, Parisian silversmith active in Pars 1868. Condition is very good. The pattern Renaissance with a fer de lance accent on the spoon backs. The spoon handles terminate with a shell form atop a pair of dogs. in profile, that I swear are smoking cigarettes! The dogs surmount a strapped cartouche. On the upper side of the spoons, the cartouche is decorated with an beautiful mascaron, a female face with pastoral head-wear. On the under side the cartouche is blank. Clearly this space intended for a monogram and this space is blank; always desirable for your personalization. The sugar tongs are identical in design, save the business ends are strapped with a gold (vermeil)border.The bowls of the spoons and the inside of the tongs are coated with 22K gold (vermeil). There is some wear, minor, to the vermeil on the spoon backs. This wear is the only flaw, excepting of course the missing twelfth spoon. Of course, if you are serving 10 or 8 or 6, you have plenty of extra spoons!
Dimensions: The spoons are 4 7/8" long, 1" at the widest; weight is 23 grams each. The tongs are 4.75" long, 1" at the widest and 2" between the business ends. Weight is 32 grams. Total silver weight is 285 grams, or 10 ounces.
Marks: All pieces bear the punch for Gustave Marmuse, active in Paris from 1968. The spoons punched with the Minerve 1st titre: French guarantee for .950 parts silver. The tongs bear the Tete Sanglier, or 'Boar's Head', the guarantee for small items or items of at least .800 parts silver.
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