This Foster and Bailey guilloche enamel pattern has always fascinated me. Every bit of the lid underneath ALL of the enamel has an engine turned pattern. With a 10 power loupe you can see that even the floral motif is engine turned with the shape of the motif. You will also find that under the white translucent enamel is an additional fine and delicate circular line pattern. This is just amazing work and design. The engine turned lid was then covered entirely in pastel shades of translucent glass enamels with the primary color being pastel aqua. The glass jar has been wheel cut with a top and bottom running coin dot pattern. In the space between the coin dots is a running line of 5 petaled flowers connected by a stem of leaves. On the bottom of the jar you will find a version of a star comprised of cut leaves done in a good depth.
The enamel is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, crazing, deep scratches, abrasions or repairs. When tilting for best angle and light you can find a couple of those minute, faint surface scratches or flea bites. The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, deep scratches, abrasions or repairs. Both of the rims are well rounded and the interior of the lid has very faint and even toned remains of gold wash or vermeil. On the rim in the interior of the lid you will find a small engraved 61X. We believe this mark to be the stores inventory number as this was a common practice during this time period. The jar came to us with a delightful swans down puff of correct size that we are passing on to the new owner. It has its original celluloid ring/handle and ribbon, is plush with no matted areas and is free of discoloration or stains.
The glass is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, deep scratches or abrasions. It is clear and bright with no residue, fogging or cloudiness. There appears to have been a small flake shaped chip removed from the exterior of the neck of the jar just below the top rim. I am uncertain if this was done to remove a flaw to the glass caused during the original beveling of the top rim or from later damage from use. Either way it was professionally done, has a look of light uneven surface and is hidden when the lid is on the jar. You can also find as is normal and expected a couple of those minute, faint surface scratches or flea bites. The bottom of the jar has faint and light surface scratching from use and a version of a star comprised of cut leaves of a nice depth.
The curve between the two rims of the lid has the marks as seen in the insert on photo # 2. The jar measures approximately 2 and three-quarter inches tall by 4 9/16 in diameter at it's widest point. Out there in the antique and collectibles world you can find matching vanity items in this pattern and color. A beautiful F & B jar in excellent condition for your collection, vanity or to use as a decorator item.
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