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11 Piece Sterling Vanity Set by International Sterling - Circa 1920
The pattern on this set is extremely attractive. It's perfect for that woman who wants tailored yet feminine not fussy or overdone. It is a classic pattern, late Edwardian, that was still being made into the late 20's early 30's in many variations. Note the lovely running edge pattern of leaves and flowers and the main focal point of that well designed hanging swag. The final touch to the design is the background pattern. It is an engine turned vertical stripe pattern of minute fine lines with alternating dots causing a secondary pattern giving an illusion of diamond shapes. The set consist of mirror, hair brush, comb, pin tray, clothes brush, pleat brush, powder jar, 2 rouge/vaseline pots and 2 perfumes.
The condition of the sterling thru out is excellent plus with no rips, cracks, large/deep dents, holes, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. Inspecting all pieces I found a couple of those pin point or 1/32" faint surface indentations and on the clothes brush a corner has a 1/8" long indentation. The edge pattern definition is excellent with a bit more wear (exc. minus) showing on the brush handle, 2 small jars and perfume stoppers. The comb handle's definition ranges from exc. minus to good depending on the area of the handle. All of the pieces have Old English style presentation of "IHM" except the 2 clothing brushes.
The glass is in excellent plus condition with no cracks, chips, nasty scratches, abrasions or visible repairs. All of the top and bottom rims look to be original. If you hunt hard enough you can find a couple of those minute flea bites. All of the 5 pieces of glass are clean and bright with no nasty haze or fog and have the matching wheel cut pattern. The top pattern is made of two horizontal borders with their center consisting of oval coin spots separated by two vertical lines. The bottom consists of a repeating pattern of running leaves and flowers separated by a larger hanging fan like flower. The glass daubers are intact with no chips, cracks or obvious touch ups and both definitely fit correctly into their bottles. One has the proper matching hand engraved number (45) on it's plug to it's bottle. The other has a bottle number of 51 and the stopper plug has a somewhat polished out 43?. We can only assume it is a replacement (factory or later in life) or the stopper from a 3rd perfume. But again it does fit correctly and matches in form and length. The mirror appears to be the original with it's beveled edge. It is without cracks, chips, scratches or abrasions. It has no large nasty age spots or pealing silver backing. It does have that faint gray haze and minute spotting as often found in old mirrors but you have no problems seeing a great reflection.
The brushes all appear to be the originals. The bristles are firmly attached and do not come out when I lightly pull them. It is unknown if the hair brush is missing some of it's bristles as it has less density then the clothing brushes (see photo) but it will still do hair. The thin celluloid covers over the wood base surface of all the brushes have cracks and missing areas as is normal after all these years. The wood brush inserts are fairly well seating in the hair and pleat brushes with just a touch of movement. The glue on the clothing brush has definitely deteriorated but the insert stays within it's sterling rims. The original comb would have been tortoise but it is now a plastic faux tortoise replacement.
All of the pieces are hallmarked (see photo) with a few having the addition of "Patented". The mirror is 15 3/4 tall x 4 5/8 at widest point, the brush 11" tall, the comb 7 1/2" long. The clothes brush is 6 3/4" long, the pleat brush is 5 1/8" long and the pin tray is 3 1/8" x 4 1/8". The powder jar lid is 4 1/2" in dia. with the total jar being 2 1/16" tall. The pots are 2 1/4" in dia. and are 1" tall. The perfumes are approx 3 1/2" in dia. at their widest point and are 4 1/2" tall. A wonderful set in outstanding condition that is still very much usable today or would be a super decoration for your bedroom or bath.
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