Offered for your consideration is this extremely rare and magnificent Antique French Sterling Silver & Crystal Condiment Set from late 18th Century to early 19th Century. The set is including a cruet set with two bottles, four open salt/pepper cellars, a mustard pot and a serving spoon, total 7 pieces. The design is most opulent French Directory style (Le Style Directoire), featuring architectural form, winged goddess, palmetto, feuille d'eau border, pearl border and floral motif, very nicely done in marvellous detail. The crystal bottles and cups are all removal, beautifully hand cut.
Hallmarked the French Rooster Mark No.1 titre, which guaranteed the highest quality French sterling silver .950 purity, used in Paris between 1798-1809. This is one of the highest quality sterling silver in the world, purer than standard .925 sterling. There are also silver guarantee mark of Paris (1798-1809) on each piece, and a fabrication mark of Paris (1809-1819, probably re-controlled). Maker's mark is that of "Bibron Jean-Pierre Nicolas", 3 rue Harlay, worked in Paris 1798 till 1809. The spoon is not original to the set; it bears the French Minerva No.1 mark and maker's mark of F.Nicoud (1867-1888).
Measurements Cruet Set: 8" (20cm) high x 6 1/2" (16.3cm) wide, weight 30.4 oz (863g) Salt Cellars: 2 3/8" (6.3cm) high x 2 3/4" (6.8cm) diameter, weight total 21.6 oz (613g) Mustard Pot: 4 1/2" (11.3cm) high x 2 1/2" (6.5cm) wide, weight 5.9 oz (168g) Spoon: 4 3/4" (12cm) long, weight 0.8 oz (23g) Total Weight of Sterling Silver: 17.1 oz (486g) Total Weight: 58.7 oz (1,667g)
Excellent Condition with with minor sign of normal use. A trace of old repair on the bottom of cruet set stand, and a few tiny dents on the lid of mustard pot, to note. Otherwise the set is in remarkable state considering its over 200 years of age. Please refer the detail photos I added.
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