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Sweet Victorian Scents: Antique Vinaigrette Locket

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Although the concept pre-dates the label, the term "vinaigrette" was generally used during the late 18th century to describe a small container, worn or carried about the person which housed an aromatic substance or smelling salts. Although considered by some as a conceit to vanity, the object was an essential accessory for the daily activities of the Victorians which soon evolved from a functional item to a fashionable necessity.

Beautiful in its own right, this 18k yellow gold vinaigrette has been designed as a large oval shaped locket. The front is ornamented with an 8 mm almandine garnet in a gypsy setting with engraved rays emanating from the stone. Diagonal openwork bands with a motif of scrolling ivy symbolizing affection and friendship flank the centered gem. The locket still retains its original bale and a glass cover for the interior compartment is present.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 2-1/2 inches (6.3 cm) in length including bale by 1-5/8 inches (3.5 cm) in width. Weight of 23.9 grams (15.4 dwt).

Condition: Excellent; light wear to back commensurate with age and use; closes tightly with light pressure.

Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is most likely English in origin.

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