An absolutely Adorable French Antique Silver ‘Egoiste’ or Selfish Creamer mid 19th century.
This creamer or milk pot is called ‘Egoïste’ in French as it holds enough cream or milk for 2 guests but no more! Hence the connotation of Selfish!
It is really adorable and the work on it is exquisite!
Its body is baluster shaped and rests on a round base, while the handle is in twisted Ebony and is removable
The lovely spout is duck bill shaped and perfectly exacuted.
The dome shaped lid is topped by a spinning top. The lid lined by a wreath of delicate gadroons.
The handle is set sideways and its base is decorated with a silver pearl line.
An absolutely charming piece! It is in superb shape no losses or marks.
The length given above includes the handle.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is unfortunately half erased…but the style of the piece is definitely mid 1800s.