Late 19th century. 6 5/8” length with 3 7/8” hollow “blade” which is the perfume vessel. Hand engraved bow form “guard” marked STERLING indicating American made. Mother of pearl grip which withdraws revealing a slender wand presenting the perfume for application. Grip with top ring for a tassel and all the metal of silver. Intriguingly titillating and, perhaps to order, for use where such imagery would be welcome such as the American West and the waterfronts of both coasts. As well, some major cities such as Saint Louis, where the “Gay Nineties” made their reputation. Perfume containers in the form of daggers are well known, mostly of Far Eastern form. This example is unique in our experience and distinguished by its all silver construction.