A fine and desirable hand-painted porcelain scent bottle cleverly modeled as a seagull egg with sterling silver cap and collar hallmarked for Sampson Mordan, a premiere 19th century London silversmith. The base of the bottle is marked with a British Registration Number, '20772' which was issued to James Macintyre, Washington China Works, Burslem, England, in 1885.
This delightful piece measures 2 1/2" overall. It is in very good undamaged condition. There are no chips, cracks, dents or restorations and there is no crazing. The cork-lined top screws securely on to the collar. The silver hallmarks are worn as per photo.
William Moorcroft advanced his pottery designing career with James Macintyre, who hired Moorcroft around the turn of the century to be chief designer at the Washington China Works.
Please note, the little 'blob' at the tip of the egg is just an adhesive used to hold the egg upright while being photographed.
Charming Circa 1885 James Macintyre Egg Form Scent Bottle with Sampson Mordan Sterling Silver Top