This antique Tiffany chatelaine scent bottle dates from circa 1873, and is truly a rare gem. We have never before seen one like it.
This piece is exquisite in every way. We have seen one other, less ornate, calling for a $20K price tag.
It is in fabulous condition with beautiful design elements and screams to belong to THE collector of Tiffany antique items.
Charles Louis Tiffany and John B. Young founded the now world-renowned Tiffany & Co. in the heart of New York City in 1837.
Despite the fact that America was in a deep economic recession, the company thrived, selling quality merchandise imported from India, Europe and the Orient.
As you can see, the sterling silver bottle is in a wonderful, sleek shape characteristic of its age and bears a dramatic gold vermeil wash. The body is shaped like a slender egg tapering to the neck where it is met by two sharply angled arms.
Here is where you will find a delicate sterling chain (with gold vermeil finish) looped around each arm leading to a larger, free-moving loop at the top.
A series of applied detailing create an elegant and graceful floral pattern that swirls languidly around the bottle.
The lower half of the bottle unscrews from the threaded top to reveal a vinaigrette compartment with a pierced, hinged lid.
The lid is gilt to prevent any undue oxidization. Typically, a sponge soaked in the wearer's perfume would be placed in the bottle under the screen.
The upper half of the piece is a more conventional perfume bottle. It has a threaded cap that screws securely to the neck.
The piece is fully hallmarked on the underside of the bottle (above the vinaigrette chamber). The first of these reads "Tiffany & Co." and is followed by the model number, "2662" and a small mark reading "Sterling".
A mark below this one reads "M", indicating that Edward Moore was the director of the company at this time. Underneath you will see a mark reading "2669".
This was a product number intended for private use by Tiffany manufacturers. The final mark reads "Union Square", Tiffany's New York City location until 1905.
The model number in addition to the piece's creation during the directorship of Edward Moore indicates this piece was manufactured at a time between 1873 and 1875.
The exterior of the bottle exhibits a rich color for age, as well as some small areas of light oxidization around the shoulder.
Some patination surrounds the applied design but does not detract from the overall appeal. Overall, the piece remains in excellent antique condition.
A Tiffany & Co. collector's piece of this caliber, age, and quality is a supremely rare commodity.
It speaks not only to the era's decorative inclinations, but to a history of quality craftsmanship and peerless style.
Please do not ask us for discounts on this item. The price is firm.
Measurements: 3" tall, 1" diameter, ¼" opening diameter, 3 ½" chain (hangs 2 ¼") Weight : 1.47 oz.