Vinaigrettes were first created around 1770 and used by both men and women, worn on chains at the waist or as pendants.
Used to contain various aromatic substances usually an alcohol or acetic acid (vinegar) to which the desired perfume of essential oils and herbs including cinnamon, rosemary lavender etc would be added.
A small piece of sponge or cloth was soaked in these substances and held under the hinged perforated section, to smell at will when confronted with distasteful odours.
This particularly fine example is crafted from 9ct rose (pale hued) gold and fully hallmarked for manufacture by Deakin & Francis - Englands oldest manufacturing jewellers - 1786-Present - and hallmarked for manufacture by them, in Birmingham, 1911.
Smooth and highly polished both to the front and back and hinged to open to reveal an ornate openwork also hinged section to which beneath would have held the small sponge.
A lovely size to be worn as a pendant at 3.2cm including bale x 2.0cm this stunning Edwardian example by one of the the most esteemed jewellery firms is a must for the collector.
3.2cm x 2.0cm
‘D & F’ For Deakin & Francis
9 / 375 / ‘Anchor’ for Birmingham / ‘m’ - Date letter for 1911
Very good antique condition. Opens and closes perfectly as does the vinaigrette closure inside. Minor marks to gold only.
Please note chains are for display only unless otherwise stated.