This French dual-purpose scent and vinaigrette bottle is beautiful. The lid to the vinaigrette as well as the lid and neck to the scent bottle have an engine turned pattern. It is comprised of multiple, well defined, fine lined circles with a secondary pattern of alternating dots. The lid of the scent bottle has a well defined and dimensional flower at it's center with the vinaigrette having presentation in it's center. The body of the bottle is comprised of 10 long faceted panels of equal width giving the bottle an oval shape. The top of the bottle also has 10 faceted panels in a somewhat square shape that give it a graceful, slanting shoulder.
The glass is in excellent condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, deep scratches or nasty abrasions. The clear glass is fairly clean and bright with none of that heavy white cloudiness or perfume residue. With close inspection you can find just a hint of an occasional small spot of faint haze. You can find a couple of those normal and expected flea bites or approximate 1/32 inch faint scratches to the surface.
The gold is in excellent minus condition with no cracks, dents, holes or deep scratches. The lid of the scent bottle has a well rounded rim with some of that faint uneven surface often found on antique precious metals. That spot that looks like a dent in photo # 4 - 9 o'clock position is a 1/32 inch long shallow indent line. The lid's hinge is all original and in smooth working order. There is a push button closure on the lid that closes with a good click and stays firmly closed. The bottle has no interior removable stopper but instead has a glass seal in the interior of the lid.
The vinaigrette lid and interior open work screen fit very, very firmly closed. Both the lid and the screens hinges appear to be the originals and are in smooth working order. The lovely open work screen is all intact with no broken or missing pattern. The vinaigrette's exterior lid has a center smooth oval containing presentation that might be "CLF". The lid has light uneven surface at the top and bottom of the oval that may be caused by the pressure on the lid while the engraving was done. The edge rim contains a 1/32 inch indent where someone tested the gold for content (photo # 5 - 6 o'clock position) that contributed to the uneven surface.
You can find in several spots throughout the bottle's mountings the French Eagle mark for 18 kt. gold as well as a makers mark. The bottle measures 3 1/4 inches tall by approximately 1 inch wide by 3/4 inches deep. A beautiful dual-purpose Victorian bottle with stunning gold work for either a scent bottle or vinaigrette collection.
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