Fine antique French Belle Epoque era .800 (nearly sterling) silver wine or mint julep cup, tumbler or "timbale" with ornate frieze style foliate band decoration and engraved "Mare" dedication or inscription! Stamped with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark on the side of the rim, the tiny number "2" within that mark means it's in .800 or better silver (at least 80% pure so just under the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is legible but I've not found reference for it yet. Wonderful and one of five that we're adding today 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 sterling silver, this one weighs 64 grams and holds roughly 4 oz. A few small dimples possible but no larger dents, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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