Gorgeous antique French sterling silver and cut crystal traveling `spirit' flask. These old traveling spirits bottles were meant originally for liquor / liqueur that could be served in the removable tumbler at the base, easily stow-able in a purse during a night out at the opera or theatre. Exquisitely decorated in deep etched or engraved intaglio, comprising of a flower with sinuous feather-like leaves that encircle the tapered crystal flask. Retains a glass stopper, having gilt vermeil interiors to the knob lid and tumbler / drinking cup. In overall good condition for its age showing some general wear commensurate with use. A charming piece! Measures 5 7/8" length. Hallmarked with the French standard Minerve 1st titre mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950/1000 (95% pure silver and a higher grade than .925 sterling) Also, bearing maker's mark for Parisian silversmith Charles Vincent, active from 1889 to 1922, whose firm was located at 47 rue des Blancs-Coats in Paris.
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