A delectable confection of the finest French sterling silver and startling cobalt crystal. Perfect for sugar, n'est pas? The pierced repousse body decorated in Renaissance style with strapping on a textured ground, bell flowers and lamberkins, a large pearl border trim, entirely hand patterned and chased. The lid has also a small pearl border trim, engraved lamberkins with scrolling floral embellishments, and an utterly delightful top knop, wonderfully wrought flower with generous foliate mount. The cobalt liner is in excellent condition. All silver pieces marked with the maker's punch for Massat Freres, the Minerve 1st titre, .950 sterling guarantee, and the body marked also with the charancon in use in 1864. The charancon is an importation mark, also a guarantee of .950 sterling; so at some point the sugar was taken out and then returned to Paris. The condition of the sterling is good. The lid has some polish resistant tarnish, and the body has some very small minor losses. It may at some point have been professionally restored; although it isn't clear. It's a beautiful lidded sugar, a gracious addition to any table and gorgeous showcase display.
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