A beautifully engraved sterling silver scent bottle from the mid Victorian era. The deeply etched flowers with its leaves and stems decoration is still very vivid. The floral pattern differs front and back. Piece was gilt at one time but had lost much of it on the outside from years of use. The interior lid is still well gilt and not showing any signs of fading. The hinge is fully functioning and opens and shuts firmly. Interior of the lid id also stamped though not easy to capture on my camera. Scent bottle is 2-1/8" tall (55mm) and 3/4" (2cm) across. Piece was made between 1885 and 1887. Fully hallmarked at the base of the scent bottle. Piece originated in Birmingham England and bears the marks of the sovereign head (Queen Victoria) a duty mark which was used between 1838 to1890, the lion and the anchor, the date stamp "M" used between 1885 and 1890 and the makers marks are D&LS for David and Lionel Spiers. The top of the lid is monogrammed with the letters "A.G" and dated 1887. Overall antique condition is great considering the age of the piece, with some gilt loss and surface marks from years of loving use. No dings or dints to the silver bottle. The crystal stopper has some chips but appears to be the original as it fits perfectly and shows it age. Piece is at least 128 years od!
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