Fine antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era sterling silver wine or mint julep cup, tumbler or "timbale" with raised floral & foliate medallion and engraved "MG" monogram! This one bears the tiny French Minerve or Minerva hallmark on the rear of the rim, designating it as being in .950 silver content (95% pure so above the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is only partially legible and I've not been able to find reference for it as of listing but could it be an "E", perhaps the EP for Puiforcat? Wonderful and one of several elegant antique French cups, among other fabulous French silver pieces that we currently have available, just in from France, so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
"Timbale" is the French term for the stemless metal goblet or tumbler used for wine, (in our case, sterling silver). The noun feminine for it is tasse, which is more like a typical cup with handle. Demi-tasse is a half or small cup. In their time, these were used for wine at the table. Some speculate this form of drinking goblet is that after which the English term for 'thimble' evolved, the form or shape being that of the thimble for sewing. The goblet predates the sewing thimble, however. A long history is France, these are much sought after and bring a surprising price as many collect this particularly French wine goblet. The earlier, the better. I've seen them fetch upward of $1000, and even the more common silversmiths from 19th century are in the $400 range and above.
Very good condition. Old French silver, it weighs 80 grams. A small dimple or two to the base and to the monogrammed portion of the medallion but no larger dents, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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