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Antique Silver & Crystal Decanter Perfume or Liquor
A grand silver and crystal decanter Circa 1890. The perfume or cologne decanter is 8" in height and would work equally as well for a liquor decanter. The decanter itself is beautifully cut on all sides along with a star pattern on the bottom. A large decorative oval cartouche on the front includes bows, floral swags, and a cross banded ribbon border around the oval panel. The silver border continues around the entire decanter with an egg an dart motif on the upper and lower edge. The top of the decanter is decorated more of the same floral garland and cross banded ribbon border.
The decanter has both a glass stopper and a lid to help prevent evaporation. A striking decanter that appears at first glance to be a French piece; however, the marks reveal that was actually crafted in Portugal. I have read that French silver styles did have an influence at one time on Portuguese silver and this piece seems to show that influence. There is limited research to help identify the silversmiths. I have only had two or maybe three other pieces through the years that were Portuguese and all were beautifully crafted just like this decanter. Though the marks are difficult to see clearly, one mark shows a boar's head with the Roman numeral II below which is for .833 silver content.
Portugal, Circa 1890
Measurements; 8" high with a 3 ½" square base
Condition report; very good, no chips or cracks; silver is in very good antique condition with some surface wear to the top silver edge this is due to the tight fit of the lid as it is removed and replaced. One small ding just to the left of the middle of the oval cartouche
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