Extravagant Antique French Silver Toothpick Holder by FRAY Fils
This impressive Toothpick holder is shaped as a Chimera or Mythical Dragon, and is incredibly well carved!
Standing on a terrace decorated with leaves and rock formations, the three dimensional Dragon, shows a snake like body and huge wings along with a curving snout!
The body is also decorated with a curling horn and the tale shows fish like scales and a pointed end.
This is the first time we have seen a piece like that! Extremely extravagant and quite extraordinary!
The piece is in very good condition.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1 -1st title (950/1000)- Hence 1838-1919 – Paris.
The Makers Mark is for FRAY Fils who registered his mark on January 4th 1875 and cancelled it on April 1st 1891.
It shows his last name spelled out with ‘Fils’ or son, following it, with a crescent on top and a hammer below.
His workshop was located 22 rue Pastourelle in Paris