A Lovely Antique Gold And Crystal Smelling Salts Bottle by Louis Martin FILARD.
This delicate bottle could actually have been used in two different ways:
As a perfume bottle or as a smelling salts flask.
As you may recall, society ladies, in the 1800, were obliged to follow the fashion guidelines and hence wore very tightly corseted dresses. This resulted in the recurrence of fainting spells for the poor ‘socialites’!
The ‘vinaigrette’ soon became a main feature of the dressing code and took the loveliest forms, going from silver to vermeil and gold but always delicately carved.
In the case of our little flask, it could also have been a perfume bottle.
But whatever the use it had, this is a truly Beautiful piece!
The flask itself is in heavy hand cut crystal, while the top of the bottle is covered in a heavy 18 carat gold leaf.
The gold is worked in a ‘guilloche’ pattern with delicate dots. The gold is in perfect shape and the crystal does not show any chips.
The flask comes in its gorgeous original box which is stamped with the owners monogram LBC.
The Hallmark is under the Shape of an Eagle Head which indicates it as being created between 1838 and 1911.
The Makers Mark is for Louis Martin FILARD.
Filard registered his mark on May 28th 1854 and canceled it on September 12th 1860.
His mark shows an L and an F separated by a door knocker.
He specialized in jewelry and finer items.
His workshop was located 24 then 28/30 rue Beaurepaire in Paris.