A charming antique sterling silver vinaigrette and combination scent flask in the form of a hunting horn with carrying chain. Lovely plain form. The hinged lid opens into the vinaigrette which is fully gilded and has a decorative grill. The bottom part is the scent flask with a screw cap. Weight 64 grams, 2 troy ounces. Length 10.5 cms. Diameter of top 3.7 cms. London 1873. Maker Thomas Johnson.
This delightful little silver scent flask and vinaigrette is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The hinged lids and the screw cap all work well. The gilding is original and bright. The silver marks are all matching, clear and easy to read. There is one small dink to the body (see photo 3).
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.