This stunning jar dates to the late Victorian or early Art Nouveau era. It looks to be a dresser jar, however it does has a stopper inside, so perhaps it was meant for cologne.
What makes this piece so unique is the beautiful colored enamel flowers placed on the sterling lid.
The jar has a crystal bottom with a star pattern at the base. The lid is hinged and when open reveals the stopper. The central flower is done in red enamel with three smaller red enamel flowers surrounding it. The leaves are done in shades of green. The silver has a great patina and looks like pewter. The interior of the lid has a gold wash. The piece is hallmarked sterling and has a double anchor hallmarked which I was unable to identify. I believe it to be of American manufacture. A viewer has pointed out to us that the flower appears to be a "sweet shrub", so called because of its scent.
The jar stands 3 1/4" high and has a base diameter of 1 3/4". It is in wonderful condition however the stopper has some minor flaking, commensurate with the age of the piece.
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