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A FRENCH SILVER MUSTARD POT
This is a sumptuous pear shaped solid silver
mustard pot, made in Paris, France, last quarter 19th century.
Its beaded upper border is pierced with a row of linking
scrollwork while a ribbon of horizontal lines separates the
lower part realized with applied grape leaves and bouquets of
The body stands on three scrolled feet and the original hand
blown cobalt blue crystal liner is in perfect condition.
The domed hinged lid culminates in a corolla finial while
the spoon's aperture is cut opposite to the scrolling leaf
A solid silver mustard spoon accompanies the mustard pot.
height to top of finial: 84 mm.
Diameter: 46,5 mm at the receptacle and 59 mm at the bulge.
width at the handle: 76 mm.
weight of silver 54 grams and 132 grams with crystal liner in
hallmarks: Minerva’s head 1 (French mark of silver fineness
950/1000) (note 1) inside
the lid and on the separating ribbon of the body and maker’s
mark lozenge on the bottom (rubbed).
The silver spoon is a remarkable example of craftsmanship. The
octagonal stem with a pointed end is divided in three different
sections, each of them richly decorated. The reverse of the
round bowl is decorated with leaves.
length: 103 mm,
weight 10 grams
width of the bowl: 13 mm
hallmarks: Minerva’s head 1 French mark of silver fineness
950/1000) and maker’s mark "HG and a gabion
(note 2) in a lozenge"
identifying silversmith Hénri Gabert (registered 1882)
(1) The Minerva head 1 mark was
introduced on 10th May 1838 for large articles sold in France.
The mint mark 1 is placed near the forehead for the first
standard of 950/1000. As required by the same Act the maker’s
mark in a lozenge is also present.
(reference p. 199 International hallmarks on silver collected by
(2) A gabion is a cage like structure of mesh or wire,
filled with stones or rocks.
(3) Hénri Gabert, manufacturer silversmith. His workshop was
located at 112, rue de Turenne, 75 Paris, France.
Guarantee nr: A9495. N° de préfecture 9840. Maker’s mark
registered 10 July 1882 and cancelled 25 January 1901.
Initials "HG and a gabion" as symbol in a lozenge.
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