Victorian Silver Crowned Heart Vinaigrette

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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.

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  • Materials: sterling silver with gilt interior
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 1.75" not including the bale x 1.25", new 24" sterling silver chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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About Details
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.

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more

  • Materials: sterling silver with gilt interior
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 1.75" not including the bale x 1.25", new 24" sterling silver chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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