Gorgeous antique French mid-late 1800s PUIFORCAT hallmarked sterling silver 10 7/8" wide covered tureen, legumier or serving dish with simple yet elegant style, acanthus & rocaille accented handles and beautiful, large scrolling finial/handle! A fine large serving dish, the bowl has an impressive 8 3/8" diameter and the piece stands 6 1/8" tall with that marvelous solid silver handle! Masterfully crafted old French sterling silver, the piece weighs a HEAVY 32.9 troy ounces or 1022 grams total (lid & bowl)! The French Minerve or Minerva hallmark on the lid & handle and bowl, the tiny number "1" within those marks designates it as being in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for sterling silver). Silversmith marks are for the world renowned Maison Puiforcat, known for the finest in silver finery and maker to royalty. The Puiforcat company now owned by Hermes of Paris, another name synonymous with opulence & luxury. A beautiful piece, one you'll love to use whenever possible! We have one of the finest collections of antique French sterling silver so be sure to browse some while you're with us (you won't regret it). Thanks!
Very good-excellent condition. A few tiny dimples visible in the bottom of the bowl but, as you can see, there are no larger dents, no damage or repairs to note. An exceptional old French sterling silver serving dish and, with the Puiforcat name, you can't get much better, don't miss it! See pictures for measurements.