A lovely Antique French Silver Sugar Sifter Spoon dating 1789 attributed to Pierre Nicolas SOMME.
The bowl of the spoon is in beautiful ‘repercé’ motif showing a Rose Window cut out.
The handle is simply and elegantly double lined.
The design is typical of the early to mid 18th century.
Lovely to use to sprinkle sugar over fresh strawberries per example!
The width given above is that of the spoon’s bowl.
We are here dealing with Poinçons Aux Fermiers Généraux – Hence marks pre dating 1798:
Photo #5: we have the Poinçon de Jurande for Paris or Lettre Date: A Crowned P that was used September 11th 1789 until the Revolution the Mark was used under Fermier Général Jean François Kalendrin
Photo #6: Shows (though quite faint) the Charge Mark that was used Starting February 1789 until the Revolution. It is an A surrounded by a double circle.
Photo #7: Shows a leaf that was used as the Discharge Mark starting February 1789.
Photo #8: The Makers Mark, once again quite erased, is probably for Maitre Orfèvre Pierre Nicolas SOMME who registered his mark on July 17th 1760, under the sponsoring of Master Silversmith Edme Thomas Laurent.
Pierre Nicolas Sommé was one of Paris’ best known spoon makers…