Antique Silver Plated French Dubelloire or Coffee filter with ceramic cup.
This is a one cup coffee filter design made by Felix Freres Toulouse.
This is one of 4 that we discovered at a Brocante in the South of France.
(Also spelt Débéloire or le dubelloire or la débelloire – we have discovered a few spelling variations while researching these pieces)
This system for filtering coffee was invented in 1802 in Paris, France by Belloy. Felix Freres existed in Toulouse from 1877 and the Dubelloire was manufactured from approx 1900.
This version has an elegant silver handle and it can be used with any cup that fits. The cup included is the original ceramic cup.
How to use a Dubelloire ?
Put the filter on top of the cup. Lift out inner filter and add the ground coffee beans (use about twice amount as for a regular cup), insert the top water filter which fits in tightly, add about 2 tablespoons of just-boiled water to moisten. When the water has been absorbed, lift the top lid and add more just-boiled water to fill your cup.
Then wait for the water to pass through the ground coffee. When all the water has filtered through the coffee beans into your cup your coffee is ready to drink.