This is a small American cranberry or red art glass scent perfume bottle with sterling silver overlay, or for cologne. The date is the 19th century, circa 1880.
The bottle is 3 ¾” high to the top of the stopper, 2 ½” high to the top of the rim, and 2” wide at the belly.
The bottle is marked sterling on the silver on one side. These bottles were known to be produced by the Gorham silver company, for the silver addition. The silver company used glass bottles from France, Bohemia and America.
I did not polish the patina off of the silver.
The silver is over the stopper, around the neck and rim, and around the body of the bottle.
There is one graze inside the neck, the result of having the silver applied to the glass. I show this flaw in the final photo.
The entire bottom is round, indented, and polished smooth.
The number 9 is etched into the bottom by the glassmaker. France and Bohemia used numbers on the bottom of glass more than American glassmakers did during this time period.
The stopper is original to the bottle and intact without chips or nicks. The bottom of the stopper is slightly beveled at the edges.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks in the glass. The inside bottom of the bottle shows old perfume residue.
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