This beautiful jar is top quality all the way. It has a lovely hand engraved sterling lid & a stunning gravic cut floral base. Please excuse the black reflections in the sterling photos. I could not get close up without the camera reflecting off the silver. As you can see from the sterling photos the lid is engraved with multiple patterns. The center has lovely Art Nouveau presentation that looks to be CMG. It is so artistically engraved it almost looks like a pattern not initials (left side photo #4). The sterling lid is in excellent plus condition with no rips, tears, dents, deep scratches or repairs. It does have a few of those pin point shallow surface indentations that all antique silver acquires. The side of the rim has some of those 1/32" & 1/64" shallow scratches & nicks that are again normal in antique silver. The side of the lid has the Shreve hallmark of 3 symbols with the center symbol being very very faint. Per Rainwater this hallmark was used very little after 1918. It also has marks of "SHREVE & CO" & "STERLING" (insert photo #5). There is a faint engraved "#746" below the hallmark. It was fairly common in this time period for the selling store to engrave an inventory mark on items. The beautiful jar has the most exquisite repeated floral pattern of 6 flowers & their leaves & stems. The glass jar is in excellent minus condition with no large chips, cracks, deep scratches or repairs. When you place the jar on a table 12" away from you, & rotate you see approx 4 nicks & a 1/4" area that looks like minuscule bubbles. On intense, close inspection, I did find some more of those pesky 1/32" & 1/64" flea nicks/ cutting tool oops. To enable you to put the following descriptions in perspective an actual flower is 1 1/2" in dia. and a leaf is 1 1/2" long x approx. 3/4" at widest point. If you look at photo # 6, the leaf to the right of the flower, you can see an area that is 1/4" long x 1/8" at tallest point that I thought was bubbles. It has a small grouping of what looks to be nicks when viewed close up with your eyes. When I view it with a loop I tend to believe it may be a cutting tool oops area as I see evidence of fine engraved lines & abrasion like marks. To the right of that area on the edge of the leaf is a definite 1/32" nick. Photo #7 shows you the lovely detailed work on the floral pattern. I chose this flower to insert because it has the only chip on the jar I could find. It is 1/16" big & is in the 7:00 position at the interior merging of the two petals. And yes the leaf to the far right has a 1/32" nick. I also found at the bottom of the jar's top rim that the lid fits against a 1/16" grayish impurity. This is all so minor & the majority of it is not visible unless you do an intense inspection as we do. The base of the jar has been cut with one of the standard star like patterns. The base shows evidence of shallow scratching/abrasion consistent with age. Regretfully, as often the case, the glass company did not mark the jar. Due to the beautiful design & wonderful cut it MAY have been Hawkes. They did a lot of glass for top quality silversmith's like Shreve. Some cut glass collectors have told us it is by Tuthill, but again, NO signature. The sterling lid is 7" in dia. The jar is 7 1/2" at widest point thru bulge. The jar with lid on is almost 3" tall. A truly beautiful jar, that will be noticed by your friends, as a decorator piece anywhere in your home. May I suggest you can also use it for a stunning covered candy dish. Circa 1915.
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