Here is a gorgeous, beautiful and rare piece of Crown Milano opal art glass for your purview, a scent perfume bottle, or for cologne. What really sets this piece apart from others is that the artist hand painted the orchid starting on the bottom underside, right over the pontil, and the woody stem of the orchid plant travels up and around the bottom. Typically, any hand decoration stops at the bottom edge and doesn't go to the underside.
The maker is Mt. Washington. It is a perfume art glass bottle with a sterling silver stopper and hall marked as such, and I believe the silver maker is English. The small bottle is 3 3/8" high to the top of the stopper and 2" wide at the belly. The date is the 19th century, circa 1890.
You can read about Crown Milano art glass and the Mt. Washington company, and see more photos, in the book by Betty B. Sisk titled "Mt. Washington Art Glass". The section on Crown Milano starts on page 86. The author writes, "Crown Milano is an opal glass that was either free blown or pattern moulded by the glassmakers at Mount Washington. It began as a pure white glass that was dipped into a vat of hydrofluoric acid that produced a plush or matte finish on the exterior. In another paragraph the author writes, "The adornments were exquisite, depicting animals, birds, leaves, flowers, acorns, vines, cupids, mythological figures and nautical life. Detailed gold tracery and the beautiful Mount Washington gold cartouche along with other types of scrolling were rendered. The artists used colored enamels as well as gold and silver as enhancements."
The sterling stopper is shaped like a crown.
Crown Milano often gets mistaken for porcelain because of the way the glass is made
The majority of the Crown Milano glass was made before the Mount Washington Glass Company became the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company in 1894. Most of the Crown Milano glass is not signed by the maker.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. I did not polish the sterling top to remove the tarnish. Inside the mouth is the residue of applying the sterling neck and top to the bottle. As you can see in specific photos, the pontil area is round and deeply indented. There is no internal clear glass stopper.
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