Exquisite antique Belle Epoque era French sterling silver and cut crystal liquor service. A 7-piece glassware set comprising of a beautiful claret jug, ewer carafe or wine decanter, together with six petite cordial cups. Each richly decorated with sterling silver .950/1000 mounts patterned in Louis XV/Rococo decor. The decanter is of thick cut crystal engraved with floral intaglios terminating to gorgeous wheel cut spiral fluting. Ornate reticulated collar encases the neck, decorated with intricate openwork, lush foliage and flowers, scalloped seashells and oval cartouches accented with rocailles and lattice. Topped by duck-bill shaped hinged lid with ornate finial and exquisite scroll form handle. Resting on a heavy sterling base encircled in reticulated openwork with scrolling foliage and flowers, further decorated with ornate scalloped forms and C-scrolls. The set of six cordial glasses are delightful, in the form of small mugs or teacups with charming handles, richly decorated with openwork and foliage decor, the glass enhanced with engraved florals and rocailles. Fully hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which guaranteed the finest quality silver of .950/1000 purity (95% silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Bearing maker's marks for silversmiths Charles Hack & Achille Hourdequin, active 1884 to 1902 at 42 rue de Turbigo, Paris. The set is housed in the original fitted presentation box.