An Elegant Late 19thC American Glass & Applied Silver Perfume Bottle by Alvin Mfg. Co. 1886


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Object Description

The very pretty late nineteenth century glass cologne or perfume bottle of square sleeve form decorated with repeat flower motive silver overlay over the clear crystal ground, and marked for Alvin Mfg. Co. 1886.

Object History


Object Literature

Founded by Wm. H. Jamoneau in 1886 (this bottle being one of the very first therefore), as Alvin Mfg Co in Irvington, New Jersey. The firm changed to Alvin-Beiderhase Co (c. 1893) under the management of Wm. H. Jamoneau, Henry H. Leibe and George B. Beiderhase moving in 1895 to Sag Harbour, Long Island. In 1897 Alvin-Beiderhase Co, maker of Official World Fair souvenir spoons for 1893-94 Chicago Columbian Exposition, was purchased by Joseph Fahys & Co (watch-case manufacturer) operating as a branch until 1910.

Made by electrodeposition and then acid etched and finished with hand engraving this bottle is most typical either of Austrian Loetz type pieces but also seen on a lot of American examples, of which this is. In 1886 Alvin patented a process for depositing pure silver on metallic and non-metallic surfaces. In this process the article was first coated with silver and afterwards a part of the coating was cut away, thus exposing the base, as a pierced work.

A prettier bottle would be hard to find!

Object Condition

The glass has no cloudiness or condensation and is presented in good overall condition with the original stopper. There is surface wear and some dirt residue.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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