Unger Bros "Secret Of The Flowers" Sterling & Cut Glass Dresser Jar - Circa 1905

This Secret of the Flowers medium sized dresser jar is one of the exceptional Art Nouveau patterns that Unger became famous for. The sterling lid is in excellent plus condition with outstanding pattern definition. There are no dents in that wonderful poofy pattern. Note the superb curved/rounded definition to her hair & the flowers & leaves. The extra fine detail work in her face, hands & flower stamens is still well defined. The sterling has no rips, chomps , deep scratches or repairs. I found two minute, pin point sized, light indentations in the lid. The rim is well rounded with just one spot of very very faint flatness that qualifies as uneven surface. I held the lid to light & found no holes. The center of the lid has very swirling, artistic, Art Nouveau presentation of "K??". On the side rim you will find the marks of: "Unger hallmark, Sterling 925 Fine, Unger hallmark" and "Pat. June 23, 1903".

The glass jar is the standard zipper cut with star bottom that Unger loved to use. You can see on my last photo an example of a close to perfect zipper cut pattern. Zipper cut is made up of a multitude of what I call pleats. Two pleats would have the zipper cut rim then the next two pleats would have an un-patterned facet rim. This alternating vertical pattern goes entirely around the exterior body of the jar.

On this jar the glass has no cracks or spotty/cloudy areas of any residue. None of the pleat rims are broken off/missing. As is very often found in the zipper pattern all pleats do have some extent of small chips &/or nicks &/or rough rims. The largest chip I found was a 1/8" x 1/8". I also found that the neck of the jar & a few pleats had some touch up by a glass person.

As is often the case in these 100+ year old sets sometimes one jar would be severely damaged & a lid would be badly dented or have holes. So someone would put the good lid with the good jar. I feel this is what happened with this jar. It explains the neck work on the glass as well as the fit of the lid. The lid is loose, has no drag in removal & will fall off when jar is held upside down. This some what common "marriage" of pieces is something we just ignore when we find an Unger lid in this outstanding condition on the correct pattern jar. So many of them have such a loss of definition or are filled with holes that we just won't buy them. We feel a superb lid far out weighs the marriage! The jar stands 3 1/8" tall x approx 3 5/8" at widest point of glass bulge.

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