Rare 19th C Pierre Queille 950 Sterling Sauce Boat
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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1900: item # 1172460
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Rare .950/1000 STERLING SILVER SAUCE BOAT by 19th Century FRENCHMAN, PIERRE FRANCOIS QUEILLE, 70 rue du Faubourg, Montmartre, Paris. Impressed on the base of the attached tray is Queille's "PQ" with the symbol of a Spade between the letters, all enclosed within a diamond shape (used 1834-1846). The .950 Guarantee mark of France (used from 1838) is the right-facing Minerva within an 8-sided box -- a square with the corners chopped.
An interesting third impressed mark, that of a cross, beside the maker's mark, has been identified as follows by our expert ... "...not an official mark, it could be, as on English silver, a symbol used by a workman to identify his work. The workers were often paid on a pro rata basis, the foreman counting up their output each day so they could be fairly rewarded at the end of the week ..."
The .950/1000 Guarantee impression of Minerva within the 8-sided shape, also appears on the foot of the boat, itself.
The liner is not marked, although it tests positive for Sterling. The wing nut is not marked, and tests positive for Sterling.
The overall weight of all four pieces -- tray, boat, liner, wing nut -- is 952.54 grams (2 pounds, 1.6 ounces).
Condition is very good with minimal wear only from normal use and age, including one small oxidation spot on the face of the tray, removable by a professional if desired.
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