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This wonderful art glass scent bottle in house light is a beautiful red and with direct sunlight it is a somewhat scarlet in color. It's foil flecks are not just one color but are silver and gold. The scent bottle is an "embedded foil work" glass, it also can be called "burst foil" glass. There are numerous types of glass in this category such as aventurine, spatter, oroide-argentine, spangle and of course vasa murrhina. We are calling the scent bottle vasa murrhina as this is the most common and recognized name for this form of glass. We believe the bottle to be of English origin due to its English sterling cap. Several English companies during this time period worked with embedded/burst foil with the most famous probably being Stevens and Williams. But the company of Boulton & Mills of Audnam Glassworks patented a vasa murrhina in 1879 and Edward and Joseph Webb of White House Glassworks patented oroide-argentine in 1883. Regretfully the scent bottle has no signature/hallmark and as we are not experts in burst foil glass we do not know which glass company to attribute it to.
The glass is in superb condition with no cracks, chips, nicks, scratches or repairs. With all the foil specks I had to pet the bottle to hunt for damage. When I hit hesitation I checked it with a 10 power loupe and could only find some of those annoying normal flea bites. On the bottom of the bottle you can plainly see that it is comprised of red glass and burst foil encased in clear glass with the bottom of the bottle having a polished flat end (pontil). On the edge rim of the pontil you will find two approximate 1/32 inch spots that are original to manufacture and were not removed when the pontil was polished. The flecks of foil are very evenly distributed and are an excellent mix of silver and gold.
The screw on sterling cap and bottle neck rim are in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes or repairs with the screw threads in smooth working order. The top of the cap is well rounded and has that very faint, overall uneven surface that can be found in antique silver. The cap is covering a clear glass internal stopper that is in excellent condition, fits very well and may be the original.
The hallmarks are on the rim of the cap. The S?C is a makers mark, the lion is for sterling, the leopard face is for London and the I is a date mark for 1884. The scent bottle is approximately 8 1/8 inch long by 1 9/16 at widest point by 1 1/4 inch at deepest point. A wonderful Victorian lay-down scent in outstanding condition with the plus of having two colors of foil instead of one.
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Lovely Red Vasa Murrhina Lay-Down Scent Bottle - Dated 1884
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