Antique Nineteenth Century French Cut Glass, Brass and Silver, Smelling Salts/Scent Flacon
The workmanship is very fine on this piece, incorporating etched silver and brass bands with a fine bronze case. The exquisite cut glass bottle is set into a 1 1/2" tall brass case. There is a 3/8" band of etched filigree encircling the top of the case. The design of this band is extremely fine and delicate. The bottle lip is of very fine bronze, with a brass and silver lid (the cork or glass stopper has not survived with the bottle). The lid has a 3/8" band of etched filigree on silver. This work repeats the very fine and delicate pattern on the bottom of the case. The interior of the lid had a lining of cork.
The cut glass bottle is thick and heavy. The cut design features arabesques, tendrils and leaves. The glass would have been cut by hand.
The case and lid have stamped hallmarks but the passage of time has made them undecipherable. The lid bears the engraved initials "AD".
The flacon has survived in excellent condition, with minimal wear. There are no visible chips or cracks to the glass bottle. The brass and silver portions remain in very good condition with hardly any wear. The measurements are: 4 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" wide and 1" deep at the bottom center.
It is an unusual flacon, which is very finely made.
Item ID: MT468
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