The sterling lid on this jar is classic Art Nouveau showing a lovely lady with long flowing hair that leads into two poppies with swirling leaves. The cut glass jar is just as pretty with two alternating patterns each repeated four times. The larger pattern is an 8 pointed star with small pointed fans of 5 leafs placed between each arm of the star. The smaller pattern is 2 deep cut, vertical, thin leaf like shapes with a center pattern of lightly con-caved horizontal steps running down the jar.
The sterling lid is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, cracks, nasty scratches or abrasions. I have held the lid to the light and find no holes. The outer rim of the lid has a couple of those pin point sized indentations as well as a light surface flat spot approx. 1" in length. Unless you inspect the rim it is not visible when looking down on the jar and these types of un-even surface can be commonly found on silver of this age. The pattern definition is also excellent with all of the design poofy and well defined. There are fine line accents thru out and her facial features are wonderful! The bulge in the center is for presentation but it has never been engraved. The lid fits very loosely, rocks and falls off in most positions. We've had this piece a couple times before and I seem to remember it not having a firm fit. But the jar may have been part of a pair and the lids got reversed or the glass could be a replacement.
The jar is in excellent condition with no cracks, holes, large chips, deep scratches or abrasions with the top rim appearing to be all original. Tilting for best angle and light I can see three spots at the top of the side rim that look like faint surface chip removal. I think they are original to the jar done during clean up of cutting the top rim. When viewing with a 10 power loupe they all have the same texture as the side and top rim. The pattern areas of the jar have some spots ranging from flea bites to small chips. The largest spot is on the horizontal step pattern (see last photo). It involves portions of 2 steps and measures 7/32" tall X 1/8" at widest point. The glass is clear and bright with no nasty residue or fog.
The only mark is a vertical running "STERLING" located at the side of the presentation bulge next to the left poppy. The jar measures approx. 3 1/4" tall and 3 3/4" at widest point of the glass. A super Art Nouveau lid on a beautiful cut glass jar for your collection or to use at a great price.
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