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Solid brass metal perfume bottle, with an elegant finial applicator top, circa late 1800s - early 1900s. An exotic and intriguing little charmer.

The bottle is currently empty, but the remnants of a lovely deep and rich perfumed scent waft out of the jar upon unscrewing the lid. Ahhh, the stories it could tell...

The design work is deeply embossed, with traces of red enamel seen throughout the piece. It has an Arabic flavor to it, with a crescent moon and star appearing at the center of the design on the applicator. Hard to pin down the exact origin though, as these celestial symbols have been used in the worship of sun, moon and sky gods since ancient times.

For a great article about this symbol, check out this website:
"The symbol of a crescent moon and star has been used since antiquity. The Greeks used it to represent the goddess Diana, the Carthaginians used it to represent their goddess Tanit, and it was used in worship in Central Asia and Siberia..."

In very good condition, with no dings, dents or chips. It is heavily tarnished and darkened with age. It could be cleaned/polished to a brighter finish, your choice. The applicator lid screws in and out easily, but also stays nicely tight when closed.

height, 4 5/8"
width at widest point, 1 3/4"

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