Silver vinaigrette & scent horn

Silver vinaigrette & scent horn

£750

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This unusual collector's piece is a combined silver vinaigrette and scent hunting horn. The vinaigrette is at the wide end and a screw-cap perfume bottle at the narrow end.

During the 19th century many also believed that pleasant smells would protect them from disease. A vinaigrette was therefore a fashionable accessory for the middle classes; a container with a filigree cover used to hold a perfume-soaked sponge or piece of cotton to disguise unpleasant smells.

Like this silver vinaigrette example, many were fitted with silver chains that could be attached to a chatelaine or jewellery was worn by ladies during the Victorian era to mask unpleasant odours in their environments

Dimensions:

Width 75 mm / 3 14"
Diameter 27 mm / 1 14"
Weight 38 g (1.22 troy ozs)
Year

1873

Place

London

Condition

Excellent

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