1886 Pair of Crystal Medicine or Dresser Jars w/ Sterling Tops Spoon

From London, England 1886 comes a pair of tall ribbed crystal bottles or jars with sterling caps and inset spoon. Their use is up for speculation since I can't find others like these; possibly a traveling set for medicines or some special product that needed to be spooned out in small quantities. They are marked TW, probably for the London silversmith Thomas Wimbush.

The quality heavy crystal jars with 10 sides have ground bottoms and a sterling collar onto which is screwed a thick walled domed lid, cork lined, and with an inset spoon, demitasse size. Only one jar still retains the spoon; it has been cut off the second jar lid. They are slightly different in size but are being sold as a pair because they have the same initials-RRL- on the tops and only one cap has the English hallmarks. One top, in addition to the monogram, has a family crest of a protruding arm brandishing a battle axe.

The bottle with the spoon is 3 7/8" high and is 1 3/8" diameter; the other is 4" high and 1 1/2" diameter. Their total weight is 10 ounces with the tops alone weighing 64 grams. Condition is excellent in the bottle with the spoon. The one with the missing spoon has some shallow dents in the cap.

Item ID: Sterling Top Medicine Jar Set

$195 USD

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