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F & B Sterling & Glass Tooth Powder Jar of Paul & Virginia (Lovers on the Swing) - Circa 1905
This romantic Foster & Bailey pattern of lovers on a swing is affectionately called Paul & Virginia by dealers. It has two lovers sharing a swing on a lovely summer afternoon amid the blooming foliage of a garden. Around the outer rim are curlicues that contain elements of the garden. The glass jar is round in shape with 10 long, vertical panels cut on its side's surface and 10 smaller cut on the bottom giving the jar a somewhat footed base.
The sterling is in excellent condition with no rips, cracks, holes, dents, scratches, abrasions or repairs. The lid has a cork insert in it's interior that is intact. The rim is fairly well rounded with some of that un-even surface antique silver contains of some pin point sized up to 1/32" surface indentations as well as a 1/4" long light flat spot. The lid contains an original hole in the center for pouring out the powder. There is a slide lever on the lid rim for opening and closing the hole. After the 100+ years of age the lever will move with shaking the lid. The pattern is nicely crisp & well defined. Note their curved arms & legs, as well as some evidence of fingers. There are some of those spots of loss of fine lines in some of the high points like hair, the clothing across the knees, leaves & flower petals above their swing that are most likely from old style abrasive silver cleaners. There is an area for presentation above the tree branch that is well rounded and has never been engraved. The lid slides on and off with good drag and stays in place in almost all positions when the jar is lightly shaken.
The glass jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, abrasions, scratches or repairs. Both the top and the bottom appear to have their original hand polished/beveled rims. I only found a couple of those flea bites mostly located at the top rim of some panels that could be from cutting or usage. I found 2 nicks, 1/32" on a bottom panel facet and a 1/16" on a side panel facet. There is what appears to be a makers flaw on the jar's shoulder of a triangle shaped surface indent. I can only assume it to have been made in the glass surface due to a bit of residue in the jar's mold. The glass is very clear and bright with no haze, fogging or cloudiness.
The rim of the sterling lid has the marks as seen in photo # 2. The jar stands 3 5/8" tall X 2 3/8" at widest point X 1 7/8". A very desirable F & B pattern, hard to find purpose jar in super condition. At this time we are pleased to also be able to offer in the same pattern - a mirror Item # 436, a powder jar Item # 119 and a oval jar Item # 451 .
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