In Florence Italy, one family of blacksmiths has spent generations combining their skill with metalwork and their love of Italy. Their work celebrates the regions, the landmarks, and the history, but none more than their beloved home town. Florence is known as the City of Flowers. The Florentine coat of arms features the fleur de lis flowered; It is carved over the city gates and recreated in mosaic courtyards. In this piece, a Coppini family silversmith caused it to bloom in .800 silver. For your moments of scented luxury, this antique Coppini perfume funnel is just thing.
Stepping Back in Time
More than a century ago, apprentices to the Coppini smithy would hone their skills by making perfume funnels. Each piece was small, requiring few material resources, but rich in the skills required of a silversmith. They rolled metal for the basin, stretched it for the stem, created molds and cast images to be joined to the basin. In the end, their work was inspected by a master. If it was deemed acceptable, it might be offered to customers. Unacceptable examples went back into the crucible, and the apprentice tried again.
Stepping Forward in Time
The family is still known to offer the occasional perfume funnel, usually tied to a special event or bespoke request. This Coppini perfume funnel is vintage from the mid 20th century. The fleur de lis flowered is finely detailed by a practiced hand and the wide basin and stem are expertly joined. Opposite the fleur de lis, a cast silver handle embellished with a single blossom is mounted at the back of the basin. The basin measures 1.5 inches in diameter and the finished piece is 2 inches long. It is larger than the antique funnels, but the proportions are the same. The basin of the Italian perfume funnel is a little wider than the English or Mexican perfume funnels. In my experience, the wider basin prevents splashes and spills.
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Please take your time with the photos and consider them part of the description. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to check out the many perfume funnels available in my shop! If you are more comfortable making your purchase on a platform like Etsy, this Florentine perfume funnel is listed in my shop there as well.