Monday, March 22, 2010

Victorian Viniagrette - Little Scent Boxes

Hilliard & Thomason

The proper Victorian Lady's answer to all those ill smells that permeate the air, it was also used to keep the lady from feeling faint!

Small little piece of material or sponge soaked with a scented vinegar or other substance was inserted underneath a pierced grille.  The little locket was closed and opened up as necessary.

The earliest known examples date back to the late 1400's and came in all shapes and sizes:  circular, oval, heart-shaped, shell-shaped, shoes, books, watch-case, purse, acorn just to name a few.  And made in sterling, gold or porcelain.

This one was made by Hilliard & Thomason and is hallmarked on both the inside of the lid and base.


Happy Treasure Hunting,


The Antiques Diva™ said...

Grogeous Find! Is it yours? If so, I covet!!!!
Great info, great post!

VictorianCobweb said...

Yes, my Dear Diva, it is mine.......Until some lucky winner on Ebay makes it their own.