more from ...
This pretty little item would once have hung from a chatelaine where it could be reached in a hurry in case reviving smelling salts were needed.
Lovely as it is, what particularly strikes me is the symbolism of the piece: the stork on the front is associated with childbirth, and the lily of the valley flowers (seen most clearly on the back) are connected in folklore with the arrival of spring and the rebirth that takes place at that time of year. Taken together, I think it is safe to assume that the piece celebrates a birth.
The faceted clear glass bottle is painted on all sides with green, white and orange enamels. The neck of the bottle has a brass mount to which a short chain holding a brass ring approximately the size of a wedding ring is attached. The mount has a hinged lid, featuring a prettily engraved flower design, which flips back to gain access to the contents of the bottle.
Bottle measures 2 ¼ inches from lid to base; chain is approximately 3 inches.
Condition: The hinged lid is a little loose, the stopper is missing, there are some tiny nibbles at the base of the bottle and there is some discoloration inside it. Nevertheless, this is a delightful item which has survived very well these last 120+ years.
If you are the pending buyer of this item, go to My Account to view, track and pay for this item.
Antique Hand Painted Enamel on Glass Smelling Salts/Scent Bottle for Chatelaine
£95 GBP SALE PENDING
Email Shop Owner