Magnificent Antique Vinaigrette Pendant
Once an essential personal object in the 17th through the 19th century, the vinaigrette served a need no longer so relevant in modern society. Before the advent of the development of urban infrastructure of proper water treatment and street cleaning, ambulation through the streets of the city was perilous to the delicate nasal membranes of the upper class. Consequently a way to combat such indelicacies was re-invented – that of the vinaigrette.
This particular example is beyond that of the typical personal necessity. Crafted of 18k yellow gold, the gorgeous piece is adorned with hand work and hand engraved designs on all of its surfaces. The magnificent engraved motifs are foliate in nature and possibly of stylized sunflowers. Substantial in weight, even the removable cover is solid 18k gold.
The vinaigrette, still retaining its original finger ring attached via a length of fine herringbone chain can be modified with the ring and chain removed and the jewel worn as a pendant.
Date: Circa 1860.
Measurements: 4-3/8 inches (11.1 cm) in total length by 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the widest. Weight of 15.8 grams (10.2 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; near mint.
Origin: Possibly English.
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