This is an American quadruple silver plate figural perfume atomizer, made by the Derby Silver Co, and dating to the last quarter of the 19th century, circa 1873 to 1898.
The fabric bag that attaches to the atomizer is long gone due to the age of the perfume.
The atomizer is 4” high, 2 ¾” long and 2” wide.
It is shaped like an egg, with a young boy perched on one end, and on one side something shaped like tweezers.
The top unscrews from the egg, and the atomizer unscrews from the top. The top has a flower and some other designs.
The bottom rests on flat leaves and branches.
There is tarnish, patina and silver plate wear. Look at the photos carefully. Metal is not my thing, but I will buy a piece now and then that is American and unique, so I’ve learned to tell the buyers to please look at the photos.
On the side opposite the tweezers, right above the flattened leaves, the etched lettering is Derby Silver Co followed by a second line that reads as Quadruple Plate and the third line is the number 1988. The number is not a year date; it is an internal number for the silver company.
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