An outstanding antique French sterling silver liquor / whiskey hip flask. Dating to the Belle Epoque era, early 20th century. Patterned with exquisite engine turned guilloche engraving to the sterling lid and detachable drinking cup attached to the base. Further embellished with exquisite flowers and garland swags. Gilt vermeil interiors to the lid and cup. Deep engraved intaglio flowers and ribbon bows adorn the thick hand blown and cut glass body. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark used from 1838 to 1919, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Bearing maker's marks on the collar and cup, appears to be initials B.E. with a diamond emblem, possibly for silversmiths Maison Bloch – Eschwege. Retains a glass stopper. In good condition for age and type. No chips or cracks to the glass flask. No damage or major dents to the thick gauge sterling mounts, a tiny dimple or two possible. Some scratches to the glass from handling and general use. Measures 5 1/4" length x 2 7/8" width.
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