Fine antique French Belle Epoque era sterling silver wine or mint julep cup, tumbler or "timbale" with ornate frieze style foliate band decoration and engraved "Madeleine" dedication or inscription! Stamped with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark on the side of the rim, the tiny number "1" within that mark means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is for Cecile Gruyer, Paris circa 1898-1911. 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 90 grams and holds roughly 7oz. A few small dimples but no larger dents, damage or repairs to note. Some age tarnish or darkening visible in spots. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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