This approximate 275 year old scent egg is so cool and in such outstanding condition for its age. Both the top and the bottom of the egg unscrew giving the egg two compartments. Both compartments are for balsam, infused with the popular floral and spice scents of the time. The exterior of the egg has engine turned markings in an arrowhead like pattern that are just that, a decorative pattern that does not go all the way through the silver as a vinaigrette screen would.
The silver is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, deep scratches or repairs. The eggs exterior shows some uneven surface as is normal and expected due to age and use. The uneven surface is not comprised of large dents, but a more soft flatness in areas which affects the roundness of the surface. With close inspection you can see that it is evident throughout the egg but shows more easily on the top portion where there is no engraved pattern work. Both compartments open with a screw on and off movement that works smoothly with no stripping to the threads.
The egg has no marks as is common to the time period, area of Europe and style of work. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 800 silver. Examples of this clever container can be found in the book "Scent and Elegant Flacons" by Meininghaus & Habrich . The egg measures a hair over 1 1/2 inch tall by 1 inch at it's widest point.