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Victorian Vinaigrette Necklace

$1,550

This Victorian vinaigrette is engraved with a pretty basketweave pattern across both the front and back. The case opens to reveal a gilt interior with an ornamental hinged grille (and the original sponge!). Back in the mid 1800s, when this piece was made, vinaigrettes were frequently carried by the upper classes and typically held a piece of perfumed cloth or sponge. These discreet little lockets were employed as an olfactory defense against the stench of 19th century cities, or as a means of reviving fainting ladies (or gentlemen).

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  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 18" chain

Victorian

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VictorianEra

18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Aromatic Jewelry:Olfactory Amulets to Protect and Seduce

Because foul odors were thought to breed disease, creating a pleasant-smelling atmosphere wasn't frivolous, it was imperative.