This amazing set was made by William W. Hayden Co. of Newark, NJ. Rainwater found them listed in the Jewelers Circular in 1904 and she says they were out of business before 1909. If everything they made was of this quality I can understand their short life. This was a very expensive piece in it's day! The base is a beautiful sterling footed frame made up of a repeated pattern of openwork curved flowers & leaves w/an openwork floral medallion in their centers. The sterling screw on caps are the matching flowers from the frame. The threads on the caps & bottles are intact with some normal roughness to glass top rims and threads. I find no damage, missing pieces or repairs to sterling-excellent pristine condition! The 3 hand finished/polished bottles are also quality glass. There are no cracks, chips or repairs noted. They are quite heavy & have a lovely ring when tapped, may have some lead crystal in them. They have beautiful wheel cut flowers accented w/buds & leaf foliage that exactly match the sterling frame. Please look at my picture of bottles out of frame if the following description is unclear. The largest bottle is a half bottle - 4 3/8" across straight side x 2 1/4" deep x 6 1/2 tall including cap. The other 2 bottles are quarter bottles of same height & depth. Rubbing all rims I found 1 flea nick on a quarter bottle interior rim (part that fits against other 2 bottles) that is less then 1/32". I found on the half bottle a curved surface scratch 3/4" long between a bud & leaf and next to the necks I found some circular scratching. From appearance w/a 10 power loop it looks to be a makers slip of the cutting tool from doing floral & cutting threads. This is so minor! Of course, as expected, the sides of the bottles where they slide against each other & the frame when removed have some normal light surface scratching that is not visible when set is in frame-this is normal wear. The glass as you can see from pictures is lightly foggy & mottled from the perfumes or colognes that were once in the bottles. If you fill the bottles with anything this disappears. The engraved numbers by the makers mark are probably a jeweler's store inventory number. This was very common in this time period. This is a truly wonderful set in outstanding condition. A superb example of tasteful Art Nouveau. Size is 4 1/2" in dia & 6 3/4" tall. Please read ABOUT US & TERMS OF SALE.
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