French Sterling Silver & Engraved Crystal Portable Liquor Flask Bottle
A French sterling silver and cut crystal traveling `spirit' flask. These old traveling flasks were once indeed for serving a shot or two of one's favorite liquor, easily stow-able in a purse or pocket during a night out at the opera. They now make great gifts and are perfect additions to a collection of bottles, perfumes and flasks. The tapered crystal body features deeply engraved intaglios depicting neoclassical garland swags. Decorating the lid and tumbler is a repousse patterned frieze. Tumbler and lid have gilt vermeil interiors. Cork lining to the lid. Retains a cut glass stopper. Corresponding numbers .83 are etched onto the base of the stopper and the mouth of the bottle. In good condition for its age showing some general wear. Measures 5 3/4" length. Fully 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 higher than the standard .925 sterling.) Also bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Gaston Bardiés, active circa 1897-1914, whose workshop was located at 13 rue des Fontains in Paris.
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