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Victorian Gold Scent Bottle Necklace

This c. 1860 gold perfume holder was designed to hang from a woman's chatelaine. The tiny vessel was intended to do the same work as the vinaigrette (a small perforated locket which held smelling salts or a sponge scented with perfume and was used to mask the unpleasant smells encountered in day-to-day life in the nineteenth century). This hollow pendant has a removable top and can be filled with a perfume or essential oil. When your olfactory senses have been assaulted, you can use this piece Georgian-style, just remove the cap and add a few drops to a handkerchief and hold the perfumed fabric to your offended nose.