In Florence Italy, one family of blacksmiths has spent generations combining their skill with metalwork and their love of Italy. In this perfume funnel pair, they celebrate the House of Medici and the ancient Republic or Florence. This is not the only matched pair of funnels they made, but in all my years of collecting, this is the very first time I’ve found a pair intact.
More than a century ago, apprentices to the Coppini smithy would hone their skills forming perfume funnels. Each piece was small, requiring few material resources, but rich in the skills required of a silversmith. In the end, their work was inspected by a master. Unacceptable examples went back into the crucible, and the apprentice tried again. Over time, perfume funnels became a signature of the Coppini family of craftsman.
This pair of perfume funnels is perfectly matched in size and dimension, with identical cast brass handles. Only the featured design is unique: One funnel features the fleur de lis flowered, symbol of Florence Italy. The other features the House of Medici coat of arms.
Coppini perfume funnels are a little wider at the top than most, leading to fewer splashes or spills. This pair is moonlight brass (pale, nearly a soft silver in tone). Each funnel is 30 mm tall (just over 1 inch) and 30 mm wide at the lip of the basin. Together, they weigh 11 grams. Both basins have slight discoloration where some fool decided to test for silver content… Because when you’re holding antiques in your hand, determining “scrap value” is definitely the priority! I apologize for the sarcasm… but can you imagine?? Barbaric.
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1 inch top to bottom