This enamel scent bottle is just delightful with its lipstick tube shape and the ladies portraits on its face and lid. The design has been completed with raised colored enamel and flat surface gold pattern work encircling the entire bottle. It has been finished with hinged silver mounts holding the lid to the bottle.
The enamel is in good to excellent minus condition. I am rating the colored enamel as excellent minus due to some old repairs to the smaller then 1/32 inch fine horizontal blue line just below the silver mounting (see over exposed photo # 5). You will also see with a 10 power loupe the normal and expected firing pits that are often found in raised enamel. The colored enamel has all been done with a raised surface and is wonderfully intact with the exception of the before mentioned repairs. Even the delightful portraits have a raised surface. Our lady on the lid has a great ruffled Elizabethan style collar and elaborate hairdo. On the face of the bottle appears to be the identical lady wearing a plumed hat. I am rating the gold as good condition due to the spots of loss as evident in the photos. Enameled items that have this applied gold are done in two ways, with a clear top coat and without. With out the top coat is earlier but it has a tendency to wear off. The black background enamel is intact with no chips, nicks or cracks. On the black enamel at each of those blue line repairs you can see some small spots of un-original surface. I can't be sure if this is bleed over from the blue repair or repair to the black.
The silver mounts are in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, deep scratches or repairs. The hinge is all original and in smooth working order. The bottle has an internal clear glass stopper that is in excellent condition and believed to be the original as it fits very firmly with no rocking.
Located on that very thin top border of the hinge are two touch marks. They have been unevenly applied making them unreadable. The one appears to be a makers mark in a diamond shaped cartouche and the other should be the silver content mark. We believe the silver content mark to be the French Boars Head which is a guarantee for a minimum of 800 silver or better. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 800. We also believe the bottle to be a French Limoges enamel in the 17th century style. The bottle measures 2 3/16 inches tall and 5/8 inches in diameter. An adorable bottle done in an early enamel style not often found today for your collection.
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