Probably from the Napoleon III era, this little crackle glass caddy is made like the older French sugar caskets, but for the fact that it hasn't got a lock & key, and it's fitted interior houses a matching original and wonderful little perfume flask or bottle. The set might have had 2 tinier flasks on sides, as there are 2 round fittings into which smalls vials could have been fitted, but there are no scrapes on the inside of those which would indicate something had once been in and out of the spaces, leaving abrasions. Perhaps it is just a design feature. The tray lifts out, as you can see, and one lovely bottle fits into the 'crown' of prongs at base. My photographer didn't open the hinged cap, so I must just tell you that it is working well and that there is a stopper in place. A lovely idea for a Holiday gift, don't you agree? It's possible this is older, but I think Napoleon III era, c.1850-70, roughly, making it also Victorian.
Very good to excellent, without any chips or cracks or breaks to diminish either your enjoyment or the value of this fine antique. We know that Daum artisans worked in a manner of glass surface manipulation that they now call 'cameo' glass, but it's slightly different than this. I'm not certain to which makers of glass we might attribute this. If you experts have more info, please email us. Thanks!
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