French provincial silver. A rare antique silver wine taster of simple plain form with a serpent handle. Excellent quality and heavy gauge silver. Hnd engraved on the side with the name “P. Gilbert”. Weight 124 grams, 3.9 troy ounces. Height 3.5 cms (4.1 cms to top of handle). Diameter 9.2 cms. Spread 12.1 cms. Stamped on the base with triple stamped French silver mark for the maker in Clermont Ferrand. Circa 1750.
Signed – Triple master silversmith mark on French artifacts 1672-1798. It is not rare for collectors and dealers to find French silver artifacts of this period bearing the master silversmith mark repeated three times. Objects bearing only the master’s mark repeated three times (of the whole series of marks) are usually attributed to a subscriber-master (“Maître-Abonné”). http://www.ascasonline.org/articoloOTTOBXYZING.html