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                     No 19

Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) Sweet-Pea (Lathyrus odoratus).

A Thomas Webb English Cameo glass 'Lay-Down' Scent Bottle,

the white cameo cut through to yellow with Anemones and Sweet-peas,

circa 1885.

mounted in Russian gold with cloisonné decoration in various coloured enamels, 'angel-form' fitted case.

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Sweet pea Scent

In the ' Language of Flowers' Anemones represent Anticipation or Expectation, Sweet Peas represent Departure. A combination of the two usually refers to a gift from an Officer of the Navy or Army.

 N.B. This item was  very likely retailed in St. Petersburg by a jeweller who would have supplied his own gold and enamel screw top in the form of a Russian Orthodox Church roof.

Whilst we have owned Webb Cameo scent bottles with London, Paris and New York retailers marks we have never owned a piece such as this, albeit unmarked. Given the nature of the material used and the turbulent times that have occurred in the last 117 years this is a very rare survivor, and has even retained its original 'peg' internal stopper.

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