This gold perfume holder was designed to hang from a woman’s chatelaine. The tiny urn-shaped vessel was intended to do the same work as the vinaigrette (a small perforated locket which held smelling salts or a sponge scented with perfume and was used to mask the unpleasant smells encountered in day-to-day life in the nineteenth century). This hollow pendant has a hinged top and can be filled with a perfume or essential oil. When your olfactory senses have been assaulted, you can use this piece 19th century-style, just remove the cap and add a few drops to a handkerchief and hold the perfumed fabric to your offended nose.
18k gold (tests), new 14k gold chain
1 1/4" length including chain, 7/8" x 3/4" urn, 18" chain
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1837 — 1901
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Because foul odors were thought to breed disease, creating a pleasant-smelling atmosphere wasn't frivolous, it was imperative.