Back in the mid 1800s, when this piece was made, vinaigrettes were frequently carried by the upper classes and held smelling salts or a piece of perfumed cloth. These (usually) discreet little lockets were employed as a defense against the stench of 19th century cities, or as a means of reviving fainting ladies (or gentlemen). This is the most elaborate vinaigrette to come into our possession. Fashioned in the shape of a crowned heart with elaborately detailed with scrolls and flowers on the exterior and a bright gilt interior, this vinaigrette is quite the statement. If you've ever spent an olfactory assaulting summer in New York City, you would probably agree that the vinaigrette is a particularly useful bauble to have on hand. Hangs from a new 24" sterling silver chain.