In the 18th century, pest vinegar was widely used to protect against various infectious diseases. This pungent "scent" of vinegar and various herbs required a well-closing container that could be opened if necessary, so-called vinaigrettes (vinaigre, French for vinegar). Vinaigrettes in small and tiny silver or gold boxes were the big fashion, especially in the 19th century. The silver had to be gold-plated on the inside, otherwise the vinegar would have attacked the metal.
In the Orient, mainly open smelling cans were made, which were filled with various herbs without a vinegar treatment.
Beautiful fragrance box from the Orient in gold-plated silver. The production was made from the finest cords of silver wire that were soldered and gold-plated. The hinged lid was decorated with blue enamel and an oval turquoise in a frame setting. Unmarked, probably made in the Middle East around 1900.
Dimensions & details
- Silver, checked for 800 / -
- L / W / H 2.8 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm