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Antique French Sterling & Silver Boxed Condiment Set 6 Salt Cellars and 1 Mustard
This is a stunning "assembled" set comprised of 6 salt cellars and 1 mustard pot. The salt cellars are in Louis XVI style, with strapped borders, floral and foliate elements on textured ground, blank cartouches surrounded by lattices and rocailles, and four acanthus tipped feet. One of the salts is in a different pattern. The mustard pot is also in a different pattern. Indeed, the mustard pot is German, not French, the maker the renowned Wilhelm Binder, active in 1869. The mustard pot decorated delightfully with exquisite little mascarons, amidst all the borders (gadrooned, e.g.) and also rests atop four acanthus feet. All pieces are marked with either the .800 silver standard or the Minerve 1st titre, the .950 parts sterling silver standard of France. Each cellar and pot has a crystal liner; most in perfect condition. One salt liner has a small chip. The crystal is hand blown, as the bubbles are apparent. This has to be the original box; despite a couple of replacement parts. The fitting is superb. And quite a presentation this 'set' makes! I rarely purchase assembled sets; this one exception due to the overall superior quality and especially well selected new partners.
Dimensions: The mustard pot is 3.25" tall, 2.75" long and 2.25" diameter; weight is 52 grams. The mustard pot is .800 parts silver. The salts are 2.75" long, 1.5" wide and 1.5" tall. The weight is 17-18 grams. Three of the salts bear the Minerve, three the tete sanglier; so three are .950 sterling, 3 .800 parts silver. The salt spoons are 2 1/8" long and .800 parts silver. The mustard spoon is 3" long, also .800 parts silver.
Marks: as noted above and: I cannot make out the maker's mark on the 5 salt cellars. The one odd fellow bears the punch for Page Freres, 1901-1905.
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