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Late Victorian Floral Patterned Pomander Necklace


This gold pomander decorated with a floral motif over a stippled ground was designed to hang from a woman's chatelaine or on a gentleman's fob chain. This perforated orb was intended to do the same work as the vinaigrette and held a sponge scented with perfume used to mask the unpleasant smells encountered in day-to-day life. The pomander unscrews to open and features British hallmarks dating it to 1900.


  • Materials

    9k gold (marked), new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    Chester hallmarks for 1900

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 18" chain





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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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