Highly detailed repousse Dutch silver Beaker depicting Christopher Columbus discovery of America, circa 1894. Done in high relief repousse, the piece has Columbus and multiple other figures, buildings, trees etc., as well as 2 plaques on each side stating Decouverte De L'Amerique C. Columb. The border above the figures is one of scrolls, clusters of grapes, vines and leaves; above that is a smooth lip which flares slightly outward to measure 3 1/2 inches in diameter; the border below is one raised connected circles, each containing a uniform stipple background; below that is a rope border, leading to a smooth flared flat/horizontal foot, which is 3/8 inches wide; the foot diameter total is 2 5/8 inches. Hallmarks abound- The Lion with the Key (830 purity); an unknown maker's mark; further out on the foot Minerva's head in a circle, and lastly on the lip, a date mark of k, corresponding with the year 1894. The beaker is 4 3/4 inches tall, and weighs a substantial 264 grams/8.5 oz troy. Condition is actually very good, with one small ding to the rim of the piece; the horizontal smooth foot has some areas of unevenness/waviness, but the beaker sits firmly, and does not rock or tilt. Otherwise a very unique, detailed piece-original patina-many hours went into this piece by a very skilled silversmith-you can literally find something new each time you look at it!
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