Georgian Pansy Gem Vinaigrette Brooch
Here is an item of interest which more than likely can be classified as a piece of Georgian jewelry history – that of a vinaigrette. Needless to say the infrastructure of the urban developments of the 18th century was less than ideal. Products from the horse-drawn carriages and effluvia from the inhabitants were only an example of what the environment offered. Consequently, the vinaigrette was an accessory which became a necessity for those who could afford such.
This is a superb example of a period 18k carat yellow gold vinaigrette brooch displaying such cardinal characteristics of the Georgian era as cannetille gold work and the incorporation of the popular gems of amethyst and citrine. A pansy motif employs three (3) pear shaped natural amethysts and two (2) citrines as petals surrounding a centered petite emerald.
The reverse reveals a small compartment with a hinged and pierced cover. Into this compartment was placed cotton wool soaked in perfume or another aromatic to ensure that your travels through the city would pleasant for the nose.
Date: Circa 1820.
Measurements: 1-1/8 inches (2.7 cm) at the widest. Weight of 5.5 grams (3.5 dwt).
Condition: Near mint and appears unworn.
Origin: Most likely English.
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