I am delighted to add this spectacular decanter to my other La Pierre vessels. There is also another decanter, but this one is very different in flavor from that one. I am not saying that the flavor of one is superior to the other; they are just different. My several La Pierre items enable you to see some of the variety of different items that bear the combined “F” and “L” mark.

The La Pierre Mfg. Co. had an apt trademark, considering the objects it made. The founder was Frank La Pierre, whose initials not only identified him and his company by virtue of that stylized monogram, but the combination of those initials in that specific form also looks very much like the symbol for the British Pound Sterling.

Speaking of the La Pierre mark. It appears near the bottom of the outside of the handle, which I am showing in closeup in my fifth composite image; the mark is worn but still legible. There may once have been other marks—for example a design number and/or silver content. But the others—and I am sure there were, indeed, others—have been lost to time and polishing.

I have two condition items to report, and I believe that they are both really minor. The first issue is the tiny bit of dull gray area (instead of shiny silver) you can see at the bottom of the cartouche. Blow up my second image to 100%, and you will see the “dot” to the left of the chased squiggle design at the bottom of the cartouche. This little gray area is a manufacturing booboo. The gray area reveals the “flux” of chemicals (including some silver) that was applied to the design on the decanter to facilitate the deposit of the overlay silver by the electro-chemical process that leads to the final result. That dot means that, for some reason, the depositing process was not entirely successful and the pure silver never “took.” The missed area is just a few millimeters by a few millimeters, and if I did not point it out to you just now, you might have missed it when you examined the decanter in person.

The other condition item I want to report is the smattering of mineral deposits you can see (on close inspection) throughout the decanter. For the most part, the interior of the glass is fairly clean and clear. There is a larger and more-opaque band of mineral deposit around the bottom of the decanter, starting at the very bottom and extending as far up as the uppermost ring of silver that encircles the bottom of the decanter. This expanse of minerals is a bit more than an inch wide. Likewise, there is a disk-shaped mineral stain on the underside of the decanter, which is less than an inch in diameter.

Because the decanter is green, the mineral deposits do very little, if anything, to detract from the fantastic presentation of the piece.

Other than the tiny dot of flux, the silver on the bottle is complete and thickly (and BEAUTIFULLY) applied. One element of the beauty is the layout of the design, itself, and the other is the fantastic thick chasing in the silver, which my first image should show you in all its wonderful detail. It is odd that the marks seem so faint (and maybe totally absent in part), since the chasing in the design is so deep and sharp. The silver is all firmly attached, with no missing or lifted parts.

Finally, I want to be sure that I mention this affirmatively, so you know I have checked. There are no cracks in the glass, including the two most frequent areas of problems: inside the neck and at the connection of the handle to the decanter. There is a tiny fleabite at the tip of the stopper, and the bottom of the decanter has the typical use scratches and a ring of tiny depressions along the perimeter of the base. I believe these latter marks came about during manufacture of the decanter, and I am only pointing them out because I want to fully explain verbally what my pictures, themselves, tell you. On that topic, note that the decanter and stopper have the same etched number “3,” indicating what should be obvious anyway, that they are matching pieces.

The only thing left to tell you are the decanter’s dimensions. With the stopper inserted, the decanter is about 8 5/8 inches high, and the diameter of the base is about 2 7/8 inches. The decanter measures about 3 1/4 inches from the point of the spout to the outside of the handle at that point, and from the outside base of the handle to the shoulder of the decanter the measurement is about 4 3/8 inches. On my kitchen scale, the decanter (with stopper) weighs 1 pound 4.4 ounces.

I can’t think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have any questions. This is a beautiful vessel, and it will be a wonderful addition to your collection—or the collection of someone you love. Remember that the cartouche is blank, so you can have it engraved with the initials or message of your choice.

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Green, Silver
La Pierre
Art Nouveau
United States • American
Late 19th Century
Bottles, Decanters
Vintage, Antique

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