There is a good reason that this magnificent set is not sterling silver. 925 or more but coin silver.
800 - because the higher the silver contents, harder the gold gilt to remain vivid. As you can see, after more than 170 years, the Vermeil (gold-washed over silver) here is still remain perfect condition. The Tea Spoons and Sugar Tongs are partial gilt, which requires a highly skilled craftsmanship to create, finely embellished with the mixture of hand-engraving and Guilloche engine-turned engraving. The pointed end of the bowl is as classically French as it gets. The Tea Caddy Spoon has gorgeously shaped large bowl in Rococo style.The Tea Strainer has lovely piercing pattern with foliage accents. Another attraction of this set is a presentation box.
The interior is lined with deep red velvet and silk. Outside has rich layer of black lacquer. Elegant wood and gilt-metal marquetry on the top, a large "Thé" (Tea) on the centre and hand-engraved inscription on the frame, it can read: À Mr Eug Foucault prix de barrières qui qui état acquit aux courses de Nozay / Bavin E. Bonnemont Lejeune de Vaugeon / 20 Septembre 1846 / Charles et Jules Millien et G Foucault.
After a brief research, we found this Mr. Eugene Foucault was indeed participated the Courses de Nozay as a derby jockey, riding a horse named lady Maria , and won the second place of the prize. According to the document we found, Mr Foucault was leading the race at most of the course, but just before the goal his horse accidentally stopped and missed the first place by half-head. 2 mark to guarantee at least.
800 purity of solid silver, used in Paris since 1838. As well as French Boar's Head mark to guarantee. 800 purity of solid silver for small object.
Maker's mark of Lanos date of registration and struck-off is unknown. Measurements & Condition Tea Spoons 5.8 inch (14.7 cm) long x 1.1 inch (2.8 cm) wide at bowl, 5.38 oz (152.4 grams) Tea Caddy Spoon 4.3 inch (11 cm) long x 1.8 inch (4.5 cm) wide, 0.48 oz (13.5 grams) Tea Sifter/Strainer 2.4 inch (6 cm) x 2.2 inch (5.7 cm), 0.59 oz (16.6 grams) Sugar Tongs 6 inch (15.2 cm) long x 0.9 inch (2.3 cm) wide, 1.08 oz (30.7 grams) The box measures 7.5 inch (19 cm) x 11 inch (28 cm) Total weight of Box + Silver 27.7 oz (787 grams) The set is in Excellent Estate Condition with minor sign of light use.The lid of the box is slightly bended, but it opens/closes perfectly with the key. Please refer the detail photos. The item must be in its original condition. The cost of returning the item to us is your responsibility. Thank you for stopping by! All of our items are thoroughly inspected and guaranteed to be authentic. Shop with us with confidence!
The item "Antique French Sterling Silver Tea Spoon Serving Set Strainer Sugar Tongs withBox" is in sale since Wednesday, May 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "sanrise111" and is located in Rehovot. This item can be shipped worldwide.