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Massat Freres: Rare! BOXED Antique French Sterling Silver Cup, Saucer & Spoon Set
From the mid 1800's a very rare large French sterling silver cup & saucer set, with spoon and a fitted traveling box. Such a large cup suggests it's use originally intended for chocolate. The sterling is prettily decorated with polka dotted guilloche textured ground with a rocailles bordered cartouche bearing a script monogram. The edges are flat strapped bordering interlacing circles. All decoration is delicate, a dainty feminine look without. An apt description is demure and elegant. The travel case, a very unusual and rare fitted box, is in very good condition. The set of course, cup, spoon and saucer, fits perfectly (hence the use of the term 'fitted' box). The lining is a deep royal soft silk fabric, padded to preserve the shape and condition of the silver. And the silver is in fact in excellent condition. No flaws to note. The case has a black leather exterior. What a wonderful unique find for the collectors of either cups or travel articles or sterling silver; a 3 for 1 opportunity!
Marks: All silver bears the Minerve 1st titre, .950 sterling guarantee, and the maker's punch for the Massat Brothers, Paul & Eugene, active in the mid 1800s in Paris. Massat Freres noted as starting in 1859.
Dimensions: The cup is 3.25" tall, 5.25" long and 3.5" diameter; weight 122 grams. The saucer is 5 7/8" diameter, 0.75" high, weighing 115 grams. The spoon is 6.25; long, 1.75" wide, weighing 25 grams. The box dimensions: 8.5" long, 7.25" long and 5.25" high. Combined weight: 262 grams; over 7 troy ounces!