Stunning antique Art Nouveau French sterling silver and acid etched cameo glass traveling `spirits' liquor flask, likely made by one of the glass houses such as Legras or Daum Nancy. Featuring a clear glass tapered body with an acid etched textured ground.Decorated with purple and yellow flowers and green leaves. Mounted with sterling silver fittings, including a conical shaped lid, collar and detachable tumbler/drinking cup sheathing the base. The mounts are ornately decorated in repousse, mimicking the floral motif of the glass body with flowers and stylized leaves. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark.
In use from 1838, the mark depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of. 950/1000 silver 95% silver and a higher grade of finesse than the standard. In overall good condition with general wear commensurate with age and use.
Sometimes mistaken for a perfume bottle, bottles such as these were originally serviceable as portable flasks intended for liquor,'spirits', tonics and herbals. Though certainly usable for perfume if desired and are perfect to display among scent bottle collections. These flasks could easily hold a substantial amount of one's favorite liquor, to be served in the detachable tumbler or drinking cup at the base and ideal for a'shot' of whiskey or flavored liqueur.
These highly collectible'spirit' flasks are also known as carriage flasks, handy for short travel and easily stow-able in a purse or pocket during a night out at the theatre or opera. Also referred to as a flacon a eau de melisse, after a type of herbal'spirits' similar to absinthe made from lemon balm favored for its fresh citrus taste and used as a tonic against migraines.
A convenient accessory for a suitable "restoratif" on a cold carriage journey or at a tedious social event. Welcome to the Antique Boutique. Our aim is to provide you with a wide selection of quality antiques and collectibles. We describe everything to the best of our ability and the pictures form part of the description.We try to gather as much information about the item before listing, in an effort to offer you with an accurate and honest description. Large, clear and detailed pictures of the item help in this endeavor. Opinion on the condition of an item can vary, depending on the person viewing it. Wear is to be expected due to age and use.
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The item "Art Nouveau French Sterling Silver Acid Etched Cameo Glass Liquor Flask Bottle" is in sale since Tuesday, January 28, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Bottles, Decanters & Flasks".
The seller is "micflsun" and is located in Canutillo, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.