Rare Victorian Sampson Mordan Solid Silver Birds Embossed Scent Bottle For Sale
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EXTREMELY RARE VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER BLUE CRYSTAL GLASS & EMBOSSED BIRDS SCENT BOTTLE Sampson Mordan London c1880
This is an Extremely Rare Victorian Solid Silver Blue Crystal Glass & Embossed Silver Scent Bottle, crafted by the highly renowned Silversmiths Sampson Mordan, this was made in London c1880, making this around 133 years old, this is the most Beautiful and Superb Quality Victorian Scent Bottle, This is an Absolutely Stunning Scent Bottle and surely one of a kind, the Crystal cut Glass is a work of Art, on the Back of the Bottle there is an Oval shape concave design with Blue edging, and to the front there is an Oval Convex Design that is all Blue, the sides of the Scent Bottle have a double nipped Waist design with Blue Edging, this is truely Stunning to look at and the feel of it is pure Quality, now we get to the Solid Silver lid on this Superb Sampson Mordan Scent Bottle, the sides of the lid have Swirls and Scrolls and to the top it is Finished with 2 what look like Peacocks, both of the Birds are looking at each other, the Quality is Amazing, the hinge is in Excellent condition, and inside the lid is a Glass Seal, what is different about the lid on this Scent Bottle is that when the Lid closes you twist the lid to lock and then it Seals, very different from the usual push button lids, it is stamped Sampson Mordan around the edge of the Lid, there is a chip on the concave part of the Glass and a few little flea bites, but that doesnt detract from this Beautiful Scent Bottle, the Silver lid is in Excellent condition, this would have been owned by a Wealthy Lady in the Victorian Period, whoever wins this will be amazed by the quality of this Scent Bottle, it really is breath taking and one of a kind
SILVERSMITHS....... Sampson Mordan ASSAY MARK....... London c1880 MEASUREMENTS......9cms height......4.2cms width CONDITION........... as per above
Sampson Mordan(1790 – 9 Apr 1843) was a Britishsilversmithand a co-inventor of the first patentedmechanical pencil. During his youth, he was an apprentice of Bramah, who patented the first elastic ink reservoir for afountain pen.
In 1822, Mordan and his co-inventorJohn Isaac Hawkinsfiled the first patent inGreat Britainfor a metal pencil with an internal mechanism for propelling the graphite "lead" shaft forward during use, as an improvement on the less complex leadholders that merely clutched the pencil lead to hold it into a single position.
Mordan bought out Hawkins and entered into a business partnership with Gabriel Riddle, an established stationer. From 1823 to 1837, they manufactured and soldsilvermechanical pencils with the marking "SMGR".After the partnership with Riddle dissolved, Mordan continued to sell his silver pencils as "S. Mordan & Co.", adding many other types of silver and gold items to his product line.Mordan often made his pencils in whimsical "figural" shapes that resembled animals, Egyptian mummies, or other objects; like his other silverware and goldware, these pencils are now highly collectible.Upon Mordan's death in 1843, his sons Sampson (junior) and Augustus inherited the firm. "S. Mordan & Co." continued to make silverware until 1941, when their factory was destroyed by bombs during theLondon Blitz.
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