Overall (.15 a-d): 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Overall (.15 e): 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Overall (.16 a-d): 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm)
Overall (.16 e): 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1970
Not on view
The engraved arms on these perfume bottles are beautifully preserved. Even the delicate circle traced by the engraver as a compositional aid has not worn off. The system of indicating colors or tinctures in the arms had not been widely adopted yet, so these arms cannot be securely identified. The bottles were part of a large silver dressing-table service that would have included a mirror, combs, brushes, and boxes for powder and pomade—all the necessary implements for grooming.
Inscription: On base of .15 a): 11 = 15 (weight); On base of .16 a): 11 = 5 = 12 (weight)
Marking:  Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);  Lion's head erased (English quality mark for sterling) (partial strike);  Gothic e, in pointed shield, (date letter for 1700-01);  BO, fleur-de-lis below, mitre above (maker's mark) (Grimwade 201).
Location of marks:  on .15a) and .16a) above rosette;  on .15a) on side above arms: on .16a) on side; on .15b) and .16b) on top surface;  on .15a) on side above arms, on .16a) on side below rosette;  on .16a) on side and on .16b) on underside
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540