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Sterling Silver Overlay Smelling Salts Bottle w/ Green Colored Glass
This is a Sterling Silver Overlay Smelling Salts Bottle with Dark Green Colored Glass. The Big Ball Stopper is solid green glass and has a solid layer of Sterling over it and down the neck and collar of the stopper. The end of the Stopper has a rough pontil . The Bottle has a thick layer of Sterling Silver Overlay on the whole collar, down the neck and around over the bottle and into a beautiful Art Nouveau Designs of Rococo, Curling, flowing around the Bottle with an Oval Medallion Shield that does not have a Monogram on it. This Beautiful Dark Green Perfume is in excellent condition. It measures 3 & 3/4" tall and 1 & 3/4" in diameter. The Sterling Silver Overlay is very thick and heavy. We looked it over really well, and did not find any markings on it. the bottom of the Bottle is a Dark Green Glass with nothing on it. 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