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Edwardian Rose Gold & Turquoise Pomander

This gold pomander studded with turquoise was designed to hang from a woman's chatelaine or on a gentleman's fob chain. This perforated orb was intended to do the same work as the vinaigrette and held a sponge scented with perfume used to mask the unpleasant smells encountered in day-to-day life. The pomander unscrews to open and features British hallmarks dating it to 1901.


  • Materials

    9k gold (marked), turquoise cabochons, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    Hallmarks for Birmingham 1901

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 3/4" diameter, 18" chain

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