A Beautiful Antique French Silver Pepper Mill or Grinder by the House of Cardeilhac
Quite rare to come by, this striking Pepper Mill is worked entirely in an extremely delicate ‘Guilloche’ style, with a medallion in the center of its baluster shaped body, showing the a monogram with C S M.
The ‘guillochage’ is so delicate and precise that we can easily say that we have rarely come across such a fine representation.
The Tip of the silver winder is made of carved ivory.
The bottom of the pepper mill twists off to make it easier to clean. While the upper register opens up to enable one to put the peppercorns.
It is in beautiful condition, just gorgeous!
We cannot give a precise silver weight simply because the interior mechanism is made of steel and irremovable.
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for CARDEILHAC and shows the name spelled out in full with Paris underneath (mostly erased)
The house of Cardeilhac started in 1802 with Vital Antoine Cardeilhac. He was active up to 1851 and was replaced by his son, Armand Edouard Cardeilhac.
Armand Edouard Cardeilhac worked from 1851 to 1904 and became the Maitre Orfèvre for Napoléon III.
His offices were located at 91 Rue de Rivoli.
After his death his widow took over until his sons were of age. In 1951 the House of Cardeilhac was bought by Christofle.