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Victorian Pierced Pomander Necklace


This perforated gold pendant is known as a pomander, it was designed to hold a sponge scented with perfume which could be held to the nose to mask the unpleasant odors encountered in every day life. It once hung from a woman's chatelaine or on a gentleman's fob chain, but is now suspended from a new gold chain to make it into a necklace. (A useful and practical one if you spend your summers in NYC). British hallmarks.


  • Materials

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

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - minor surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    7/8" length including the bale, 5/8" diameter, 18" chain

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Aromatic Jewelry:Olfactory Amulets to Protect and Seduce

Because foul odors were thought to breed disease, creating a pleasant-smelling atmosphere wasn't frivolous, it was imperative.