FRENCH .950 SILVER WINE TASTER
Theodor Tonnelier, working in Paris from 1798
"TT" in lozenge with upright plume above a plowshare
1819 Paris guarantee mark and 1838 Minerva first standard
Of heavy gauge .950 silver, and circular form with roll-over reeded handle, raised central boss and small lip to bowl
interior rim, embossed with waves and larger small bubbles, the rim exterior engraved GIRARD DE MONTEVAULT;
handle with maker's mark in lozenge TT with upright plume above a plowshare;
bowl with Paris 1819 guarantee mark and Minerva first standard mark of 1838
There are several recorded references to silver wine tasters as far back as 14th and 15th century
manuscripts. Most wine tasters (tastevins) come from France. The standard model is circular, and
between 3 ? and 5 inches in diameter. The sides taper outward and the base is shaped like a dome,
the handle being decorative. They are frequently engraved with owners' names or initials.
Often on the cup rim there will be rays (ojoohons) for light to reflect through white wine or
little wells (cupules), to deepen red hues.
2-9/16" D bowl, 1.6 oz
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French .950 Silver Wine Taster. Theodor Tonnelier, working in Paris from 1798