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Measures: Case – 5.5” tall, 4.25” wide, 2.25” deep. Bottles – 5” X 2”, Opera glasses 2.5” tall, 4” wide
This is a great pair of art deco medicine bottles from the 1920’s. Of course, prohibition was in full swing sooooo…… The bottles are a nice heavy glass with silver tops (I can’t find a sterling mark, perhaps they are silver plate?), there are beautiful cut glass stoppers beneath the silver tops. The leather case is marked “Made in Germany”. There is a fair amount of wear evident on the leather case, apparently it was used frequently! The snap closure works nicely. The silver tops do have some tarnish and possible pitting, I think this would come away with a nice polish. There is a small amount of brown residue in one of the bottles with a very faint medicinal smell. Interestingly, there were 2 tickets in the bottom of the leather case. I have pictured these as well. I did a bit of research, and the Mendelssohn Club was a men’s chorus based in Philadelphia and started by William Wallace Gilchrist in 1874. Dec 9 fell on a Wednesday in 1925, now if only I could find the Mendelssohn Club schedule!
These opera glasses were found with the medicine bottles! I’d like to think they went to the Mendelssohn Club show together! I'm sure there is a story here…. The glasses were made by and are marked “LeFils, Paris”. There is no damage at all to the mother of pearl, the brass has an aged patina, the center focus knob has no damage and works fine. Sadly, one of the small lenses has gone missing. Perhaps it was a wild night indeed! They are a beautiful piece of history and worthy of display!