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Very Small Petite Sterling Overlay Perfume Bottle
This is a Sterling Silver Overlay Perfume Bottle has a beautiful Art Nouveau design. It is a very small petite Perfume and dates from around the 1900's. The Stopper has silver on the neck of the stopper and has a leaf design on the top of it. It is blown glass and has a glass bubble blown into the lower neck part that fits into the bottle and comes to a point. It is engraved with a "94" on the bottom. This stopper measures 7/8" across by 1 3/8" in length. The bottle is covered with Silver on the collar. It has a ground and polished bottom foot and has a swirling, flowing Art Nouveau design on it. It has a Medallion Shield for a monogram, however, it does not have a monogram on it. This bottle measures 2 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" across the bottom and is 2 1/2" in length. The bottle has a "94" engraved on the bottom of it. There is a small amount of residue on the inside of this bottle. Two American companies, Gorham & Alvin, dominated the scene and created some of the most exquisite examples available using thick overlays of sterling silver. They both used glass blanks from the Steuben glassworks. Another honorable mention is the La Pierre company, though not as highly detailed as Gorham or Alvin, but nonetheless, beautiful bottles. These higher end bottles usually have an area where a monogram could be engraved, often you will find bottles with owners name or initials in fancy flourishing script. We find this adds a lot of charm to the bottles as well as their History as the engraving is a work of art, which has become almost a lost art. As there are numerous bottles that have cracks in the glass, it is suspected that this is a common occurrence with bottles which have thicker overlay.
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Kathy & Jim Hill, Portland, OR
Antique Sterling Silver, Jewelry, Napkin Rings, Victorian Objects