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Posted 3 years ago

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RedMole2011
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After selling all our junk in a car boot sale I was going through what was left over and found this in amongst all our glass ware, I didnt even notice there was a silver spoon attached to the stopper.

We think it's an opium bottle, the spoon is hallmarked for 1823.

Look at the bottle stopper, would you be in agreement with us that it resembles the cap on a poppy seed pod, or are we just hallucinating ??

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Hi from Sydney, Australia!
    Is the mark English? Is there a maker's mark as well? I have never seen one before.
    The form of the stopper is quite normal for English Georgian glass, but it is called a "mushroom" stopper!
    Thanks for sharing this amazing item!
  2. RedMole2011, 3 years ago
    I've just posted a pic of the hallmark
  3. daisymay, 3 years ago
    A similar bottle appeared on a UK TV antiques programme last week - it is a Victorian snuff bottle - the little spoon is for shovelling up snuff.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Hi RedMole and daisymay!
    I was wondering which antiques show to look out for?
    In Australia we see some ( but not all ) of the English and US shows.

    The makers mark is for a very well known London silversmith firm whose origins go back to 1791, when John Lias began in business as a buckle-maker. In 1818 he took as his partner his son Henry Lias I and they were joined from 1823 to 1837 by another son, Charles. Henry Lias I and his son Henry Lias II were partners from 1850. In 1879 Henry Lias II formed a firm with James Wakely. In 1884 the firm consisted of James Wakely and Frank Wheeler, becoming Wakely & Wheeler in 1909. In 1957 the business was acquired by Padgett & Braham Ltd.
  5. daisymay daisymay, 3 years ago
    Hi Vetraio50 - the show I saw was called Antiques Master on British TV BBC2 - it's a programme where knowledgeable amateurs compete against each other in specialist then general categories, adjudicated by a professional antiques expert - it's good fun and you learn a lot. Also Antiques Roadshow on BBC1.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks. We don't see it here yet. Sounds very interesting!
  7. Bluebird5159, 3 years ago
    I found a similar little bottle. Not so fancy and no stopper, but I think they may be used the same.

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