c1880 Named French 950 Silver Wine Tasting Cup


A fine c1880 French Silver Wine Tasting Cup in good condition.

The cup is circular with embossed decoration, a ring handle and thumb guard. The cup has had the owner’s name engraved in capitals E. GRAIN and there is the French 950 silver hallmark of Minerva’s head.

The wine-tasting cup is an ancient tasting tool called a "Tastevin". Two hundred years or more ago, cellar masters in Burgundy in France (where a very high-level wine society is called the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin) developed this cup to sample wine down in the cellar where it was dark, lit only by candles. The angular nooks and crannies in the shiny silver cup are designed to catch and reflect the light to make it easier to check the colour and clarity of the wine.

Size: 7.5 x 10.3 x 2.5 cm (3 x 4 1/8 x 1 inches)
Weight: 49 g