This beautiful French "biggins" was used to make coffee. Coffee Biggins were invented by M. Biggin in France in the early 1800's. This piece dates from 1920 and was purchased in Amiens, France.
It has an unusual design on the front panel, a circular scene depicting a sailboat on the water with a full sunshine in the background (painted blue). Roses and green leaves surround this design. The back panel has a pink rosebud, white baby's breath and green leaves. The lid has green leaves only. The enamel color is a brilliant French blue.
It is in good condition, with wear as shown. It has been lovingly used to make coffee for many years, comforting and decorating a beautiful French farm home.
It measures: 11 1/2" tall, 5" in diameter at the bottom, 3 7/8" in diameter at the top. Handle to spout measures 9 3/4". It is complete with all four pieces: lid, basket, basket lid and pot. The bottom portion of the basket now comes completely out from many years of use.
It is a fabulously decorative piece which would add French country charm to any home.