In a crowded market some items stand out more than others and this Belle Epoch style scent or smelling salts bottle is pretty much a beacon as far as scent bottles go. I suggest it may be salts due to its shape. Generally scent bottles are somewhat bulbous whereas this is straight sided with a flat base and shoulders. It has a cut glass stopper with faceted sides, a straight shank and a flattened finial…all in all a standard Edwardian bottle type. What sets this scent bottle aside is the fabulous silver frame.
The style is very “Belle Epoch” as it centres around a delicate floral display rather than the period classic of Art Nouveau abstraction. The “cage” is made of a diagonal pattern of daisy like flowers, presumably pierced from a single sheet. This is fine craftsmanship and not surprising as the silversmiths were Levi and Salaman – one of the most celebrated silver manufactories. The base of the cage is lipped and the collar and shoulders fully encase that of the bottle. Nice clear hallmarks showing the date to be 1908, assayed in Birmingham. This is an exceptional piece for any collector of rare or unusual scent/smelling salts bottles.
This scent bottle comes in near mint condition, despite the delicate nature of the silver framework there are no tears, although there are a few minor dents around the neck (presumably where someone has missed putting the stopper back, the glass is in similarly good antique condition with maybe one or two expected fleabites on the cut of the stopper – but i guess you’d have to look fairly hard to spot them and no blooming to the glass.
- 3.25 inches (8 cm) tall (inc stopper)
- 1.7 inches (4.6 cm) diameter
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