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Puiforcat: Antique French Empire Swan Pattern Sterling & Vermeil Sugar Sifter Spoon
A wonderful sugar sifter, or saupoudreuse, in Puiforcat's French Empire pattern "Cygne", or "Swan". The bowl of the sifter is plated in 18k gold, and of course pierced. These spoons used to sprinkle powdered sugar onto desserts like crepes. The handle is strapped, with the base elegantly tapering into a wider tip. The design comprised of a laurel wreath surmounted by stiff leaf decoration, and surmounting a large cartouche with a bow on top, swags drape to either side terminating in circular 'mounts'. Descending from the swags, two long laurel leaf garlands nearly touch the tips of the outstretched wings of a graceful swan. An altogether lovely design. On the backs, there is an interlaced monogram 'JP'. The tops of the handles are decorated with a pineapple on the topside, and two ascending laurel garlands joined at the base with a bow. The spoon is marked with the punch for Emile Puiforcat, active in Paris from 1857; and the Minerve 1st titre, French guarantee for .950 sterling. We will be offering a large 8 piece place setting flatware service for 12 separately. Be on the lookout for such a rare, complete and elegant flatware set!
Dimensions: The sugar sifter is 6.5" long, roughly 2" diameter and weighs 60 grams. Condition is very good to excellent. There may be (I cannot really tell) a bit of an imperfection in the circular shape of the spoon. Although often simply applying the punches results in the sort of slight slight deformation that may be found here. I mention it only in the interests of erring on the side of caution. An old, tried and true method for ensuring that no one has any unwanted surprises upon receipt of their shipment. The pictures also show both the dimensions and the marks.
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