Early 19th Century French (Paris) .950 Beaker
Unlike some early pieces whose markings leave ambiguity, this 2 3/8" high, 2 3/4" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz. beaker is abundantly and clearly marked. It is an early 19th century piece made in Paris, France. It has the "bearded man's head" used for .950 (higher than sterling's .925) French silver 1819-1838. This, the maker's mark for "Sixe-Simon Rion" (working first third of the 19th century), a woman's face symbol used after the French Revolution, and a letter all appear on the underside. There are two additional guaranty marks including a woman's head profile and a symbol on the exterior underside of the rim, with bigornes imprinted on corresponding spots on the inside of the wall. Some century and a quarter after its making, it was passed on with an inscription added to the otherwise plain piece. The inscription reads in script, "Austin, from Aunt Nancy, Christmas 1951." The overall condition is very good. The form is intact and there are no major dents or tears. There are significant wrinkles in the sidewall, however. They look like the sort of thing young Austin might have imposed as an insistent youth making his wants known by banging his cup. These could be readily smoothed by a silversmith, but the piece is being offered as is.