A beautiful small pomander (vinaigrette) which unscrews to reveal a central section in which a scented cloth can be placed.
Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover. This one has its original cloth still intact.
The pomander has pierced sections to allow the fragrance through. This would have hung originally from a guard chain. The pomander is in fabulous condition with no dents or scratches.
Era: Victorian, 1839 - 1901
Measurements: 1.9 cm length, 13.9mm at widest point, weight 3.1grams
Hallmarks: Stamped 10ct gold