Unique French Silver Overlay Purple Glass Decanter with Stopper ~ Floral Decoration late 1800s

From 1895 to the late 1920s, this elegant and exciting manifestation of the glassmaker and silversmith's art garnered its own avid following, just short of becoming a decorative rage. Silver overlay and silver deposit were regarded as an exquisite, special gift or accent for that certain table or shelf. A few nice pieces of overlay were as evident in the genteel home as a piano in those days of refined, yet simple pleasures. This beautiful silver overlay bottle / decanter was probably made in the later part of the 1800's. We attribute the maker to be from France do to the Depose on the bottom. The glass has a wonderful violet hue and has been decorated with a silver overlay design of flowers up the middle of each side. The hour glass shape has ridges around each side that has silver overlay. The neck has bands of silver bands and as does the stopper. Shines up very nicely and is in very good shape with original stopper. Silver is a little worn on stopper and high places on the ribbed body, please see pictures for condition. For centuries, glass was made with flint or leads to create a beautiful, clear glass without impurities. Flint or lead glass will seldom discolor in the sunlight. In the late 1800's, manufacturers created glass mixes that used magnesium instead of lead to create a brighter glass. In time, it was discovered that glass containing magnesium would turn lavender after months of exposure to the sun. Manufacturers replaced the magnesium in the formula to selenium, to avoid this problem in the early 1900's.

Measures: 10" H x 4 1/2" L x 2 3/4" W

Backstamp: Depose

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Item ID: MISC663


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