Set of 12 Vermeil Coffee Spoons
(8"x12"x7.5") (When open)
This set of twelve 19th-century French coffee spoons are made of fine vermeil, also known as silver gilt. Vermeil refers to high quality silver that is plated with a thin layer of gold. The spoons come encased inside their original box, which is made of unique green leather. Near the latch of the box, there is a French inscription that reads cuillers à café en vermeil. The spoons themselves are simple yet distinguished. Each spoon handle is smooth and oval-shaped, and the stem features thin, elegant lines. Delicate filigree carvings are present near the bowl of the spoons. The spoons are in perfect condition, and the original box’s wear is consistent with its age. This set would add a touch of sophistication to your morning coffee or for serving guests at dinner parties. Although objects made of vermeil can tarnish, they take a very long time to do so. To clean tarnished spoons, simply dip a soft cloth in warm water and soap, rub gently on the metal, and rinse with a clean cloth dampened with plain water.
At this time in France, educator and inventor Louis Braille (1809–1852) invented the Braille system in 1824, while a student at L’Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris. The system, created for the use of those with low vision, consists of a code of 63 characters embossed on paper, and is read by passing the fingers lightly over the surface. Braille remains virtually unchanged to this day.