This heraldic perfume funnel shows the lion with his paw resting on a fleur de lis, also known as the Marzocco lion. This is the historic symbol the free Republic of Florence. As the legend goes, the Florentine Republic chose the symbol of the lion over other animals because lions are able to tear apart the eagle, which was the symbol of imperial power.
Once upon a time, 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.
This heraldic perfume funnel is a lovely piece of work. The basin is turned brass and features a lion rampant. The basin measures 30 mm in diameter and the finished piece is 30 mm long (just over an inch) from the rim of the basin to the tip pf the stem. Italian perfume funnels are a little wider in the basin 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.
1.25 inches top to bottom