Lovely deluxe cosmetic storage jar with straight cylindrical crystal body and solid silver lid. The especially thick crystal is wonderfully hand-carved all around with diamond/lozenge-shaped facets. The heavy silver lid has an intricate engraved honeycomb design on the top with repoussé leaves and dots around the border. The interior of the lid is beautifully gilded.The craftsmanship and detail are exquisite- see pictures. This jar is in excellent antique condition (especially considering its age of over 100 years old)- there are no cracks, no chips, and no scuffs.
The lid is also excellent with no dents nor other damage- it just has the light surface scratching common to antique silver items, and the metal is bright and shiny and the interior guilding is perfectly intact. The outside edge of the lid is clearly hallmarked with a lion passant (indicating english sterling silver), an anchor (indicating a birmingham assay), the capital letters s and b in conjoined circles (indicating the silversmith snyder and beddoes), and the lowercase date letter r (indicating a production year of 1916). The central circle is monogrammed with what appears to be the initials csg in a very fancy script. The jar measures approximately 3.25 inches (8.3 cm) tall with the lid on.
The jar is heavy for its size, weighing 261 grams altogether (9.2 regular ounces) and the lid is made of a particularly thick gauge of silver, weighing about 36 grams by itself (well over 1 troy ounce). This is an especially beautiful example of an antique cosmetic jar that could be used for its original purpose of containing cosmetics or could be used to store other toiletries such as cotton balls/swabs, or bath salts. It would make a nice addition to your collection or a unique luxury gift. Please ask any questions and thank you for looking.