Antique French Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Tea or Coffee Spoons
Set for 12 antique mid-19th century French sterling silver coffee spoons or teaspoons. Beautifully crafted, of quality French sterling and with a nice weight in hand. Featuring elegant guilloche engraving, comprising of polka-dots, scalloped edging along the bowls, and neoclassical wreaths. Decorated with threaded hourglass patterned handles terminating to a scalloped shell. Enhanced with gilt vermeil finish. Engraved monogram of initials M.D. Hallmarked with the French Minerve or Minerva hallmarks, 1st quality denoting .950 silver content (95% pure silver and higher than the .925 standard for sterling silver). The spoons were likely purchased as a six-piece set, with the additional half purchased later on as there are two silversmith marks present on this set. Silversmith marks are for Edmond Jamet and Louis-Patient Cottat, both active silversmiths in Paris at around the same time period. Edmond Jamet was active between 1831 and 1847 and commenced trade in Paris at 15 place Dauphine. Louis-Patient Cottat was a known silver cutler, in particular spoons, and was active between 1831-1866 with a workshop located at 47 quai de l'Horloge, Paris. Overall the set in good condition with some wear to the gilt vermeil finish as expectant from age and use. The spoons measure 5 5/8" length. Total silver weight is 303.6 grams. The set is housed in a presentation box, which does show its age, measuring 6 1/8" x 5 1/2".