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I would welcome positive identification of the maker of this enchanting piece...
... Following extensive research and browsing many hundreds of pages of historical catalogues and patterns I am still unable to accurately identify the factual maker or the factory responsible for producing this exquisite press molded glass double salt. These items were highly popular at time of manufacture and thousands of pattern types were produced.
I purchased the piece from Germany, however though it could certainly have been produced by Reich or by Frankreich (who both produced very similar figurative salts) the French factories of Saint Louis Vallèrysthal or Meisenthal are more probable contenders and its date would be circa 1870 – 1910
It is a beautiful early piece of quality press molded crystal which also retains most of its original gold patina gilding. The entire piece is also completely free of any damage and is a remarkable survivor of its type.
The central handle/holder to the double salt has been wonderfully molded as a classically dressed lady who is stood with one foot resting upon the horizontal joining support.
She is just a mere 2 inches high and yet has been faithfully captured using press molded glass techniques in incredible detail. Impossible for me to photograph, her facial expression and all other features, have been molded with an excellence of finite detail.
The double salts are both hexagonal in shape and each facet has been decorated with two stylized spiral flower heads whilst their center bases have been molded with a solitary star, to each underside. The resulting piece is a captivating antique for your collection and its small size offers endless display possibilities coupled with intended use.
I very much doubt that you shall ever see another of its pattern type in this wonderful, original, vintage & undamaged condition.
Total height: 3.25 inches Depth of each salt: 1 inch Total length: 5.5 inches The postage weight is minimal at just: 1k 400g
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