This wonderful bottle is the “big sister” of my Gorham D 1556 perfume and the daughter of my “Mama” bottle, D 1558. The design repeats four times around the bottle, with no intrusion of a cartouche. The stopper top serves that function, and you can see that the area for engraving a monogram is blank.

Speaking of the stopper, you can see the etched number, 178 on the end, together with that same number on the bottom of the bottle in my fifth composite image. There is also a “3” on the bottom, but I don’t know what that signifies.

You will note, in my third composite image, that the design number, D 1557, appears on the bottom band of silver. Unlike its little sister, which has the three-part Gorham mark, this bottle says “STERLING SILVER” to the right of the design number. Even if the close numbers, shape, similar alternating design features (two designs repeating four times each), and lack of cartouche were not obvious evidence that Gorham did the silver work on this bottle, the design number, starting with a “D,” would be sufficient evidence that this was Gorham’s fabulous work.

Silver manufactures sometimes left their marks off bottles, so the jewelry retailer that sold them could put its own marks on the bottle. Although there is no retailer’s mark on this bottle, the lack of Gorham’s own marks is no big deal.

The bottle is in excellent condition, with complete, securely adhered and deeply chased silver, and decent clarity. The glass is not pristinely clear, but it is in nice condition for display. Importantly, the neck (and everywhere else) is free of cracks.

The bottle is 5 inches high, with stopper inserted, and the base is 2 I/2 inches in diameter. Although this is inexact because the bottle is curved, it measures 3 inches across its shoulders. It weighs a hefty 13.3 ounces.

I was so delighted to obtain this bottle that I wanted to put it in my shop right away. Therefore, I did only a quick and imperfect polishing job. The bottle will be gleaming before it is sent to its new owner, so don’t worry about any tarnish you see. Leaving some tarnish had a benefit too; it allows you to see the gorgeous chasing really well.

I can’t think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have a question. If you collect silver overlay or know someone who does, this gorgeous bottle will delight either you or the lucky person who receives it as a gift. And now that the whole “family” is in my shop, think about getting all three!

NB: AS OF 5/22 THIS BOTTLE (IN FAR INFERIOR CONDITION) IS BEING SOLD ELSEWHERE ONLINE FOR MUCH MORE MONEY!


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ITEM ID
RL-2073
TYPE
Holloware
COLOR
Silver
CREATOR
Gorham
STYLE
Art Nouveau
ORIGIN
United States • American
AGE
Late 19th Century
PURPOSE
Perfume Bottles, Bottles
ITEM TYPE
Vintage, Antique

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