An antique French sterling silver and cut crystal liquor or water flask, dating to 1888 to 1903. The tapered body is of fine quality cut crystal, patterned by an all over diamond point and octagon motif, the base having a 16-point starburst. The crystal is stunning and as is typical of these old flasks, the glass was often made by one of the major glass houses of the period. Attributed to Baccarat, in the diamantes pierreries pattern, as the cristallerie used paper labels from 1860 on (which often got lost, worn or washed away) and did not use their acid etched signature until 1936. Often mistaken for perfume or scent bottles, these flasks were originally meant for serving refreshments, to be served in the attached tumbler or drinking cup. These highly collectible 'spirit' flasks are sometimes known as carriage flasks, stow-able and portable for travel. This one here is unique in that it is quite large, measuring 13" in length. The impressive size and gorgeous cut patterning makes this one quite rare. The lid and drinking cup are ornately decorated in repousse, of outstanding craftsmanship and fine detail, featuring a cascade of floral swags flanked by trailing leaves and vines. Simply stunning. Having a gilt vermeil interior to the lid and drinking cup. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which depicts the head of the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950/1000 (95% pure silver, and a higher grade of silver finesse than .925 sterling) Also bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Simon Slisonski, active from 1888 to 1903, whose workshop was located at 176 rue Saint-Martin in Paris. Measures 13" in length In overall good condition for its age, some nibbles hidden by the intricacies of the cut pattern, lacking a glass stopper, there is a small dent on the side of the lid.
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Item ID: HA-1038
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