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Pair Antique 19c French Sterling Silver Repousse Baccarat Engraved Crystal Perfume / Cologne Bottles
Pair of antique 19th century French perfume / cologne bottles mounted with sterling lids and collars. Decorated with spring flowers and scalloped shells, all done in exquisite repousse work. The crystal is of great quality, early Baccarat bottles featuring stunning engraved decoration comprising of spring flowers and scrolling foliate, the base finished with a deeply cut 24-point starburst. Baccarat began marking their pieces with a paper label in 1860, and replaced the traditional paper labels with an acid-etched logo in 1936. The silver mounts are 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). Maker's marks for silversmith GRUHIER (père et fils) active in 1897, commenced trade at 16 rue de la Corderie in Paris. Measures 5 1/2" in height x 2 3/8" diameter at the base. In overall good condition for age and type with general wear commensurate with age and use. The engravings on the crystal bodies are gorgeous, no chips or cracks to the bottles, lacking stoppers. A dimple or two to the sterling lids.
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