thanks - Les Shepherd Hi Les, I see what you mean about the resemblance to the Swedish coat-of-arms as regards ***** ***** cloak and crown, but it's the stuff on the shield that counts.
The cloak & crown is the particular way in which Christophle decorated the monogram cartouches on their better pieces and is a great sign of authenticity.
Leave this with me while I do some research on recent comparables in the sales records. They certainly are very beautiful and oh-so-French with the cherub and songbird in prime position at the center of the standard.The workmanship of the Engraver, combined with the expertise of the Silversmith together with unmistakably Christofle Quality from the Founder of this famous Parisian Firm of Silversmiths will be evident the moment you pick it up, hold it and and look at it.Consider that in France at the time, the Engraver, Albert Barré was 'or, 'General Engraver of the Mint'.As for value, a pair of French 2nd Empire silverplate 7-light candelabra by Christofle, of this age, size and artistic merit, would sell at a top antique auction house such as Bonhams, Christies, Skinners, etc in the range of 00 - ,000. If there's anything more I can help you with on this please don't hesitate to ask.
They would have a full retail value (in an antique store) of at least ,000 which is what you should insure them for. If not, could you very kindly rate my services (with the stars or "accept" button) as this is how I get paid by Just Answer at no extra cost to you.
The six figure individual serial numbers are from Christofle's first series used 1844-1862 which ran into the 300,000s so I agree with the 1861 dating you received.