A beautiful Victorian silver gilt scent bottle with combination vinaigrette having a curved rectangular shape and plain glass body. Silver mounted at both ends and with the original gilt finish. The hinged top has a push button operation and the cap has an inset glass stopper stamped Samson Morden, London. The base has an integral box with hinged cover opening to reveal a vinaigrette with a silver gilt pierced foliate grille. Length 9 cms. Width 3.5 cms. London 1845. Maker Sampson Mordan.
This lovely perfume vinaigrette is in very good condition with no damage or repairs to either the silver or glass. With full and clear English silver hallmarks to the vinaigrette box, inside the box lid, and on the back of the domed lid. There is a small amount of fritting around the edge of the stopper.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover. Ladies used to carry a vinaigrette with them to combat the aroma from the waste products common in cities. Likewise, the practice of wearing tight corsets also regularly caused woman to faint, requiring the need to carry smelling salts.