"Etain" is the French term for the white metal popular for all but the most formal events, which then might use a more luxurious silver plate or sterling silver. These old ones were sometimes silver plated, but usually that thinner plating would wear off over centuries. The one you see here, a fabulous kitchen decorative one, or one you can put to use, is from the 1st Empire era, Napoleon - c.1800-1820. It has the old maker marks on bottom (shown for your research fun) and is from my own collection of this type of French kitchen ware and dining table items. Authentic and charming, they're never perfect. This white metal is not spelter. It has the look of Pewter, and I feel certain it has at least some pewter in the alloy, though is stronger than pewter and not cast as heavily. It is somewhat pliable though. I've noted that if a pot has a slightly out of round top, for instance, it's been relatively simple to push back into round without tools. This one has its original old wooden handle, which is showing a great deal of age, but has no breaks, no chips or restorations.
Very good condition for age and type. The hinged cap remains fully functioning and hinge is strong. The old metal isn't dented, and it shows lovely age. Some alterations in finish, I think owing to what was likely a thinner silver plating that has worn off. The handle is carved of wood, shows a great deal of age, has no breaks nor restorations. Stands steady on surface and is very well balanced by design. A fabulous French Country decor piece, or one to be used, too. Measurements are noted directly on our photos. It is 11.75" tall overall, quite large as these old ones go. Heavy, it's ab out 4 lbs for shipping weight.
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