I am delighted to offer another beautiful Alvin perfume bottle—this one with a far more involved floral pattern than those with just—or not much more than—their signature iris. Actually, if I did not see the Alvin marks, I might have attributed this bottle to Gorham. However, you can see the marks on the bottom ring of silver of the back of the bottle (really tiny in the right half of my first (composite) image and, again, enlarged in my fourth image, which shows not only an enlargement of the marks by themselves, but also shows you in bigger detail how they appear in situ on the bottle.

It was difficult to get the complete set of marks all in one image, since they are spread out along the curve of the bottle. On the left and dark, is the fraction 999/1000, signifying almost pure silver, and to their right is the word “FINE,” which is the verbal equivalent of the fraction. To the right of that mark is the tripartite Alvin mark with the “A” in the middle. To the right of the Alvin mark is the design number, and I must admit that I have never seen one so brief. It consists, merely, of the number “62.” Finally, on the very right is the word “PATENTED.”

This bottle has a few minor issues, all of which are explained and displayed, but I believe those subtractions from perfection are more than outweighed by the wonderful design of the bottle.

In order of seriousness (according to my hierarchy of concerns, which may not be the same as yours) the bottle has moderate splotches of mineral deposits. These appear unevenly throughout body of the bottle and uniformly on the base, as I am showing you in the bottom half of my sixth composite image. By no means is the glass “sick,” which connotes to me complete or near-opacity throughout the bottle. You can see from my various images that this is not the case.

Next down on my list of concerns is the tiny area of lifting in one petal of the flower that tops the stopper, which I am pointing out to you with an arrow in the left half of my fifth composite image. Because it also pertains to the stopper, I am showing you my next area of “concern.” I put that word in quotes because the (FIXED) issue with the stopper was not a vary major concern to me anyway. You can see that part of the stopper shaft is shiny, while the rest is matte. The shiny part is the original glass, which still exists a good part of the way down the stopper shaft; see the far-right image in my fifth composite. My “glass person” filled in the missing part of the glass with optical epoxy, so as to make, at least the shape of, the stopper smooth and uniform, not craggy and broken the way it was when I got the bottle.

What is really interesting about this whole issue is the fact that the stopper NEVER fit exactly into the neck. There was a wobble when I got it, and that wobble remains. The original stopper, including the upper part of the glass that remains, was apparently not ground with the precision to make a perfect fit. My guess is that the original owner may have had two almost identical bottles, and at some point in their history, whether by sale or inheritance, the stoppers for each bottle got switched. The repaired stopper is merely “for show,” since it certainly looks better than the craggy broken stopper that came originally. I really don’t know whether you could still use the bottle to store perfume, since the fit is not as tight as it should be. However, I am guessing that the overwhelming majority of people who would consider owning this bottle would, as I do with mine, put it on display in their vitrine, to admire with their other silver overlay pieces.

Other than the typical things you see in an item like this, like dings in the silver or scratches on the bottom of the glass, both of which would be evidence of its use (maybe every day) by its original owner, there is nothing to report. That brings me to the first POSITIVE thing I want to note. We will never know who the original owner was. The cartouche on the front of the bottle remains blank. We cannot identify her by name or initials, nor by the date she may have received this bottle as a gift—all things that could have been engraved into the cartouche.

Another good thing to note is that the silver is complete. There is none missing and none lifted (except the tiny amount I have already mentioned). The chasing is also very strong, and the Art Nouveau design is spectacular, as is the shape of the bottle, itself.

Finally, while this bottle is not HUGE, it is a very nice size for a perfume. With stopper inserted, the bottle is 5 3/4 inches high. Its approximate width across the widest part is 3 3/8 inches, and the base, itself, is 1 5/8 inches in diameter.

Of course, I also want you to know that there is no damage to the glass; there are no cracks in the neck (or anywhere else on the bottle for that matter)!

I believe I have covered all the details of this bottle, but please write if you have a question. This bottle would fit well with any advanced silver overlay collection, whether it is yours or that of the lucky person who receives it as a gift.

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Art Nouveau
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Beautiful and Unusual Shape Antique Art Nouveau Alvin Silver Overlay Perfume Bottle

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