Aperitif! A tradition in France - the service of an aperitif ahead of going out to dinner, or when guests first arrive for dinner, meant to improve the appetite and the conversation, 1, 2 or several small decanters of various liqueurs offered with a shot cup sized cordial, guests would sip and chat until first course was announced. The sets vary and are a fascinating thing to collect. Anything from a rather formal set like this sterling silver and fine crystal set, to whimsical sets born on backs of camels, donkeys, or in form of a ship or other. This set is elegant, each fitting marked with the French Minerve #1, a guarantee of finest .950/1000 pure silver. Often, one might have this type of set on a small silver tray, or silver plate tray. This set is comprised of 2 elegant decanters and 6 matching cordials. Measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. Not a single nip nor chip on any of the crystal and no bends or damage whatsoever to the fine sterling silver. No dings to the 2 original stoppers, either. Photos show all. And no, my little antique t shell tray is not included.
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