Lovely antique French hallmarked sterling silver 'tulip' style goblet, a mint julep or wine cup, tumbler or "timbale" with gadrooned footed base, interlaced "CB" monogram and wonderful condition! The curved base and flared top you see here is often referred to, fittingly, as a "tulip" shape. The hallmarks here greatly resemble the 1700s French markings, the crown topped "A" poincon de charge or mark of charge for instance. However, this one also bears an oval profile bust hallmark, from our reference guides, dates between 1819-1838 so it's a bit of a mystery. The silversmith mark is partially legible and appears to be "BFA" under a royal crown. One of several fabulous old French goblets/cups that we're adding today so be sure to browse some while you're with us. We have one of the finest collections of antique French & European sterling silver online and are sure to tempt!
"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 to excellent condition. Possibly a tiny dimple or two and some very faint surface scuffs, indicative of light use and age. No larger dents, damage or repairs. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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