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ca 1899 Large Ruby Red Glass Lay Down Double Scent Bottle 18K GP Sterling Lid Fully Hallmarked
This dazzling ruby-red antique scent bottle measures an impressive 5-1/4" long.
It is two-sided, featuring separate reservoirs, both of which are capped with 18 karat gold-plated sterling silver.
The bottle includes two meticulously hand-etched lids, one of which screws on and off the threaded glass neck while the other is permanently attached and opens on a hinge.
As it is not meant to stand, the bottle lies beautifully on a flat surface. It would be an absolutely ravishing addition to any glass or sterling collection.
Both lids boast incredibly ornate etchings with an elegant swirling foliate motif. The center of the lids features a blank, circular cartouche ideal for a personal monogram.
A small button on the hinged lid allows it to easily pop open when depressed.
There are three teeny screws holding the collar to the glass neck, underneath, but these too are gold-plated and match the lid perfectly.
Here you will also find a hallmark reading "GB"; this is for the silversmith responsible for manufacturing both lids, George Bedingham.
The mark was registered around the turn of the 19th century (probably 1899).
Underneath the hinged lid, you will find another stamped maker's mark preserved under a small circular pane of glass.
This circular mark reads "T. A. Simpson & Co.".
A renowned British jeweler, Thomas Simpson opened his goldsmithing business in London in circa 1856. This mark indicates that the company was responsible for gold-plating the sterling silver.
Both lids show a fair amount of finish-loss and exhibit some darkening and oxidization as well as one or two tiny dents.
The glass is in beautiful condition and does not show any major issues except for two tiny chips less than one millimeter wide.
Overall, this unique, elegant scent bottle remains in very good antique condition.
Measurements: Total length is 5-1/4" long (with caps), Widest diameter of each lid is 1-1/4", Glass bottle is 1-1/4" wide Weight: 170.9 grams (6.03 oz)
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