French Sterling Silver Crystal Lay Down Scent Perfume Bottle, Gilt Vermeil, Original Box
Stunning 1920s French lay down perfume bottle. This lovely scent bottle features a unique tapered form. The cut crystal body embellished with finely engraved foliage. Mounted with hinged sterling silver lid and collar, richly decorated in Louis XVI style scrolling foliage and rocailles, monogrammed with interlaced initials FM in elegant script. Retains inner glass stopper. The end of the perfume bottle finished with a silver cap. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which guaranteed the finest quality silver of .950/1000 purity (95% pure silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Also marked with the head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000, likely for the end cap. Maker's mark appears to be initials N & B with a tulip in the center, for makers Nicaise et Béjot, active 1920-1921 at Rue Camille Desmoulins in Palaiseau, France. In overall good vintage condition. Wear to the vermeil finish on the silver end cap, some light wear to the vermeil finish on the high points of the decor on the lid. A small dent to the very top of the lid. Measures 8 1/4" length x 1 1/4". Housed in the original presentation box with green faux leatherette exterior, also monogrammed FM in gold, with cream satin and velvet fitted interior. Box shows some wear commensurate with age, measures 10 1/4" x 4 3/8" x 1 3/4" height.