Stunning 19th century French gilt vermeil sterling silver mounted Baccarat cut crystal smelling salts / perfume scent bottle, housed within the original presentation box. Of superb quality crystal, in a gorgeous swirled fluted cut body, in the popular "Bambous Tors" pattern. Finished with a deeply cut 24-point starburst to the base. Mounted with hinged gilt vermeil sterling silver collar and lid. Such exquisite repousse work to the lid, of ornate scrolling foliate, floral accents, rocailles and stylized acanthus all done in raised relief. Monogrammed with finely engraved interlaced initials MB. Opening to reveal a thick cut glass stopper. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, 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). Also bearing maker's marks for silversmith Léon Champenois, used from 1894 to 1895, whose workshop was located at 140 rue du Temple in Paris. Stands 4" tall, with a 2 1/8" diameter base. In good condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. One or two tiny flea-bites at the edge near the sterling collar, some scratches to the top portion of the stopper. Overall a beautiful Baccarat bottle. Housed within a red velvet and cream satin lined fitted presentation box. Measuring 6" length x 4 1/2" width x 3 3/8" height.
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