I just found this one in Paris a few weeks ago, while there. I've been watching for and collecting these little flat vest/purse timbale or glasses for years and this is the only one I've found that is still contained within the old woven basket container they came with. What a fun item. These are, unlike my original though of it being a picnic flacon or cup, meant to be used for the healing waters of the springs and health spa waters so popular for health and "re-vigoration" in the 1800s. Mostly used by ladies, I'm told, who would journey to receive the healing waters or products (most of Vichy, France) for any number of ailments. Trust the French to make a special type of container for the wealthy women and their spa water. Aren't they fun! I see it as a cup to bring out at an upscale picnic or even a tailgate party. Can you imagine how sweet these would be for bride's maid gifts. We have 3 listed as of today, though this is the only one with its protective basket.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, with a delicate hand painted enamel decoration still very much intact on the glass, as you can see. The basket is in excellent condition. I note that there is a slight roughness to the upper rim, not a flaw but normal for the way these were cut in production. It's lightly polished, very slightly uneven. A light bit of the gold is worn away, mostly on the upper rim. No chips or cracks or hairlines - a charming bit of Victorian era France and the upper classes.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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