Fine antique French Louis XVIII to Louis Philippe era sterling silver wine or mint julep cup, tumbler or "timbale" with "M. Petit F. Piot" engraved inscription or dedication! An older piece, this one is stamped with the French Michel-Ange or Michelangelo hallmark on the side of the rim, dating it between 1819-1838, 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 Theodor Tonnelier, Paris circa 1798-1838. 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.
Good to very good condition. Old French sterling silver, this one weighs 74 grams. Faint surface scuffs or scratches can be seen and there are a few small dimples but no larger dents, no other damage or repairs to note. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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