Fabulous antique French sterling silver timbale, tumbler or wine cup with lovely engraved or machined decoration including a band of figures or children at play and ornate interlaced monogram!
"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. A unique piece here in solid .800 (nearly sterling) silver, likely a child's drinking cup given the decoration but who is to say for sure. Silversmith marks are for Ernest Prost, Paris c. 1923-1963. One of three that we're listing today, and several that we currently have available, so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good condition. Possibly a small dimple or two but, as you can see, there are no dents, damage or repairs. There is some tarnish spotting. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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