Austrian Hand-Painted Enamel and Silver Scent Bottle - Circa 1895Austrian Hand-Painted Enamel and Silver Scent Bottle - Circa 1895Austrian Hand-Painted Enamel and Silver Scent Bottle - Circa 1895Austrian Hand-Painted Enamel and Silver Scent Bottle - Circa 1895Austrian Hand-Painted Enamel and Silver Scent Bottle - Circa 1895

I just love the shape on this enamel scent bottle. Back when it was new it was probably supposed to represent an artist's tube of paint, but today I think toothpaste. The front of the tube depicts a courting couple in the country among foliage. The backside of the tube has an extension of the foliage in the foreground with a body of water and the horizon behind it. The scent bottle was then finished with a silver top and screw on lid.

The silver is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, deep scratches or repairs. The threads for the screw on lid are intact and are in smooth working order. The edge rim on the top has a beaded border and the lid has a rope like border, both are well defined. Originally the silver had what appears to have been a rose gold plated surface. The plating is almost entirely gone, leaving just a hint of a pink tone. The enamel is in excellent condition with no crazing, chips or deep scratches. From the feel of the scent bottle's body it appears to have had restoration by being covered with a clear coat. We believe this to have been done to protect and cover the occasional faint surface scratches you can see when inspecting the artistry. You can see a close up of artistry in photo # 5.

The silver mounting on the top of the bottle contains three marks. On the top is an A in a square cartouche for being made in Vienna, Austria and a PL in a somewhat heart cartouche which is the makers mark. On the side rim is a Swan in a circle which is the French import mark (started in 1893) for silver items. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee the silver to be a minimum of 800. A really cute enamel scent bottle in a rare shape for your collection.

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Austrian Hand-Painted Enamel and Silver Scent Bottle - Circa 1895

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