I am delighted to offer still another Gorham silver overlay perfume bottle to you! The design repeats four times around the bottle, with no intrusion of a cartouche. The stopper top serves that function, and you can see the engraved initial, “D.”
Speaking of the stopper, although it is a match to the bottle, it has a different number from that on the bottom of the bottle. Actually, there are two numbers etched into the end of the stopper, “259” and “288.” Although the first of these is larger, it is crossed out. The bottom of the bottle (more on that below) is etched with the very close number, “289.” I think this is another one of those cases where the original owner had two matching bottles on her vanity, and with the passage of time and different ownership, either by inheritance or sale, somewhere along the line the stoppers were interchanged. There is an almost imperceptible wobble, but I think the fit is tight enough even if you wanted to put perfume in the bottle. If you will be putting it on display in your vitrine, there is obviously no problem.
OK, now about the bottom. You can see that it is covered with mineral deposits. Of course, that is too bad, but the rest of the bottle is relatively clear. I don’t mean to say that the glass of the sides is pristine; it has a smattering of mineral deposits as well, but these are relatively inconsequential for displaying the bottle. I am showing you several images, including the bottle in my hand, to demonstrate that that you can see through the glass.
Other than the two things discussed above (the first of which is really trivial), there is nothing else to report in terms of “issues.” The silver is really thick, with sharp chasing, and the overlay is complete and firmly attached to the glass. Last of all, there are no cracks in the bottle, including inside the neck.
The Gorham marks at the bottom of the bottle are clear. The design number is “D 1556,” and that is followed by the tripartite Gorham hallmark: the lion passant, anchor, and the Gothic letter “G.”
The bottle is relatively short in stature, but it feels heavy and chunky in my hand. It is 4 inches high with stopper inserted, and the bottom diameter is 1 5/8 inches. It weighs 7.6 ounces, just under half a pound.
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.
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