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Antique Edwardian 9ct Yellow Gold Vinaigrette By Deakin & Francis - Birmingham 1910

Sale price$1,750.00 AUD

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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 yellow gold and fully hallmarked for manufacture by Deakin & Francis - Englands oldest manufacturing jewellers - 1786-Present - and hallmarked for manufacture by them, in Birmingham, 1910.

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 3.7cm including bale x 2.0cm this stunning Edwardian example by one of the the most esteemed jewellery firms is a must for the collector.


Deakin & Francis was founded in 1786 as Deakin and Moore and know as such from 1848-1879.

Charles Deakin retired in 1881 and John Francis joined the firm.  The company then became known as Deakin & Francis, becoming a limited company in 1902.
As Englands oldest manufacturing jewellers the Deakin & Francis is still located in the same building - Harper’s Hill House (15 – 17 Regent Place) as it began in 1786.

London brothers James and Henry Deakin are the seventh generation of the family to manage the firm and do so today.


3.7cm x 2.0cm without bale
3.7cm x 2.0 with bale
7.7cm Deep

13.1 Grams

‘D & F’ For Deakin & Francis
9 / 375 / ‘Anchor’ for Birmingham / ‘l’ - Date letter for 1910

Very good antique condition.  Opens and closes perfectly as does vinaigrette closure inside. Minor marks to gold here and there, could be polished back to new if desired, two tiny tiny shallow impressions only.  

Please note boxes and chains are for display only unless otherwise stated.

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