Magnificent 19th century French Napoleon III era Sterling Silver coffee pot or teapot by the prestigious House of Odiot in the original presentation box. The main body and lid with guilloche engraved "grain de riz'" pattern. Centered by an engraved medallion cartouche framed by elegant foliage and beading. Bearing monogram of initials HN. Beautifully crafted from the highest quality silver hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark (.950) on the body and lid. Bearing maker's mark and signature for famed 19th century silversmith Gustave ODIOT. This mark was in use from 1825-1894. Also marked with pattern or model number. Good condition. Stands 8 1/8" tall x 9 5/8" wide from handle to spout. Stout and substantial, with capacity to hold 62 fl oz of your favorite tea or coffee! Silver weighs 811.3 grams.
Included is the original sturdy presentation box or chest having served to protect the coffee pot all these years in a fitted interior with reddish felt lining. The interior bearing the Odiot logo with street address of 72 rue Basse du Rempart - Paris. Carrying handle on the lid. Embossed monogram NH corresponding with monogram on the coffee pot. The box does show wear and its age. Measures 11 5/8" x 10 1/2" x 7 1/8" height.
Founded in 1690, the prestigious House of Odiot is probably the most renowned French silver dynasty. Gustave Odiot succeeded his father Charles-Nicolas in 1865, and he received the largest order ever placed with the House of Odiot - 3,000 pieces of solid gold flatware for Saïd Pacha, the Viceroy of Egypt, and was purveyor by appointment to the court of His Imperial Majesty the Tsar. He was the last member of the Odiot family to direct the company.