This is a gorgeous antique 19th century mid to late 1800s Gorham sterling silver aesthetic hand brush in excellent condition. It is marked Sterling with Gorham Hallmarks on one end and #C605 on the other end. It has very detailed, ornate and deeply repoussed Imperial Chrysanthemums, Roses, Nuts, Acorn Leaves, Fancy Scrolls, Scalloped Border and other flowers. Very, very pretty. It also has its original horsehair bristles. Base looks like early bone. The base and bristles have deep age patina. The top has a fancy script monogram. Within the center of the monogram there are two ever so slight fingernail indents that are not eye obvious. You have to look carefully in order to find them. Overall condition is generally excellent, gently used. It came from an estate many years ago and has remained untouched and kept in completely original condition. No alteration. No damage to the repoussed sterling. No dents or dings. No tears or deep scratches. No wear to the fancy floral pattern; still deep and crisp. If you shake it you will hear a little rumble of the original plaster setting inside but it is still very strong and secure. Not compromised at all. Not wobbly. Can't push in the silver. Still very thick and sturdy. Won't come apart. The bone is set deeply into the silver and the rim is good. The bristles will work effectively on a daily basis but as expected they are beginning to dry out a little from age. Size is 4 3/8" by 2 3/4". Height from top down to bottom of bristles is 1 3/4". Total weight is 128 grams. This is a beautiful example of antique Aesthetic Imperial Chrysanthemum ornate floral repoussed Victorian Sterling Silver by a very well known quality maker for your vanity or accessories collection.
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