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).
14k gold (tests), new 14k gold chain
1" length including the bale, 18" chain
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1837 — 1901
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Because foul odors were thought to breed disease, creating a pleasant-smelling atmosphere wasn't frivolous, it was imperative.