A gift set which has obviously been treasured and remains pristine and unused, this is a typical French baby gift - a cereal or porridge bowl (écuelle) and a silver handled and ivory bowled baby spoon. I've shown the French hallmark punch mark, or control mark for finest sterling silver, the Minerve #1, which is stamped on bottom of the bowl and handle of the spoon handle. The box remains in very nice condition, as well. Dating earliest 20th century, I can't get closer without a readable silversmith's poincon, diamond-shaped punch mark. The typical French form, round and relatively shallow and with 2 large extended side handles, the silversmith's work is elegant and without flaw. Measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition, with only light evidence on exterior of the original presentation box showing age. The ruched silk satin interior is fitted perfectly for the 2 pc set, and has protected both perfectly well. Thickly padded silk satin liner in lid shows a gold embossment indicating the set was purchased at "Flory, Montellier, France". No bends, no dents, absolutely no evidence of use on the pristine spoon and bowl.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.