This is a Sterling Silver Overlay Smelling Salts Bottle with Dark Green Glass & it has a Sterling Cap with a glass Stopper under the Cap /Lid. The complete Bottle measures 3 & 3/8" tall and measures 1 3/4" diameter across the bottom. It has a few chips on the top of the Bottle on the rim that are covered up by the cap and the Stopper has a few small chips on the bottom of it, other than that it is great condition. It is threaded on the inside of the Cap /Lid and screws and unscrews on & off the Bottle. It measures 1" high 1 5/8" across the bottom of the Cap / Lid. It is Monogrammed on the top of this Cap with the initials that are either " P E S or P E L". It is marked on the very edge of the cap " Sterling" (with an early Trademark curled around & thru the Sterling mark) / No. 801. The Trademark is for the Scharling & Co. Newark, New Jersey. This mark was used on Sterling sliver, holloware, pictures frames and novelties. John H. Scharling first established his business in 1885; incorporated in 1895. The company manufactured sterling, silverplated and pewter holloware and pictures frames, novelties, antique gold and plated filigree frames and silver deposit ware. He first registered a process for producing raised metallic designs (silver deposit) on glassware March 7, 1893; he registered a second on September 26, 1893. The last listing found for the company was 1931.
The Green Stopper under the Cap is round and short and has a rounded handle on the top. It measures 4 1/8" around the stopper, 1" high and has an engraved Number #13 on the edge of the handle. It is 1 1/4" across the top and the handle/ knob is 7/8" across. It has some really teeny little nicks on the top of the handle and one chip on the bottom edge of the stopper. This is a very fine example of a Sterling Overlay Smelling Salt Bottle. The Bottle measures 2 5/8" and is 1 3/4" across the bottom. The complete Bottle, Cap, and Stopper measures 3 & 3/8" in total height. It has a beautiful swirling Art Nouveau design on it with the flowing Nouveau curves and lines that decorate this Bottle. It has (2) Clematis Flowers on one side and the other side. And the design is repeated on the front and on the back. It has an engraved No. #13 on the bottom of this bottle. It is in really good condition ( other than some small chips under the Sterling Cover,on the top edge of the bottle and on the stopper as we mentioned have in the listing above).
Some History on Sterling Overlay Bottles: 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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