Superb and exquisite antique perfume or scent bottle mounted in gleaming sterling silver by famed and highly sought after London silver maker, William Comyns. The bottle is the finest quality cut glass, in an ethereal pattern of birds in flight among glorious flowers and trailing branches. There are two birds, one on the front and one on the back, and the flowers wrap all around the sides of the bottle and intermingle among the birds. The sterling silver top and collar are heavily worked with flowers, with trailing stems and leaves, berries, and flourishes, the top is domed and has a push button clasp to open it. In the center of the top is an ornate cartouche, monogrammed HLA. The bottle has a bulbous form made by the Edinburgh & Leith factory in Scotland, who made Comyns' finer cut glass that featured finely detailed birds and insects, including the beautiful birds on this piece. The finely cut detail of the plumage of the birds and flowers is a style known as Rock Crystal glass, the glass is very thick, imitating natural rock crystal, and the glass is very finely carved. There is a star cut into the bottom of the bottle. Many of Comyns' high quality works were then imported to America and sold by fine retailers such as Tiffany & Co., as this piece likely was. William Comnys worked in London, and has gained a reputation as one of the premier silver makers in all of England. He supplied the Royal Family and made the silver used in Queen Victoria's mausoleum. Comyns registered his trademark in London in 1859. The wide sterling collar on this piece is marked with his maker's mark, W.C, and hallmarked with the lion passant, denoting high quality sterling silver, the leopard's head, denoting the city of London, and the date letter for 1891. This magnificent scent bottle was made by him during the height of the Art Nouveau period. It stands 4 1/2" tall and just over 4" wide, and measures an astonishing 12 1/2" in circumference. It is in pristine condition, with no damage to the sterling top and collar and none to the bottle. There are no dents or dings in the sterling, the push button clasp opens the top easily and closes securely on a good hinge. The glass is as clear as a bell, the cut birds, flowers, and trailing stems are crisp and without wear. The glass stopper has been lost. This Comyns scent bottle is beyond exquisite, and rare to find in this condition, a true treasure.
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