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Elegant Medicine: Vinaigrettes & Their Bottles

Antique English - Silver

A vinaigrette is a small box with a hinged lid, containing a small sponge for a fragrance.  The fragrance, traditionally dissolved in vinegar, was considered medicine.

The scents within were often for “reviving” those (generally women) who had fainted or felt ill. With the exception of romantic comedies, people no longer seem as unsteady on their feet. But scents can be uplifting  – and these containers are truly charming:

Antique Sterling Silver and Agate Vinaigrette

Antique Sterling Silver and Agate Vinaigrette

Antique Sterling Silver and Agate Vinaigrette. Sterling silver and Agate, England, c. 1820. [Robert Lloyd, Inc | 212.750.8752 | rlloydinc@aol.com]

Antique Gold Vinaigrette

Antique Gold Vinaigrette

Circa 1830 Antique Gold Vinaigrette. Gold, England, c. 1830. [Robert Lloyd, Inc | 212.750.8752 | rlloydinc@aol.com]

Antique English Gold Vinaigrette

Antique English Gold Vinaigrette

Circa 1825, England. Shaped octagonal antique gold vinaigrette, engraved floral decoration, England, c. 1825. [Robert Lloyd, Inc | 212.750.8752 | rlloydinc@aol.com]

Antique English Silver Vinaigrette

Antique English Silver Vinaigrette

English silver (sieve on the interior) lantern shaped vinaigrette with maker”s initials “A.D.” London, 1871. Height 1.25″ [ Suchow & Seigel Antiques | 212.888.3489 | asuchow@nyc.rr.com ]

 These, too, would make exceptional Mother’s Day Gifts. (More ideas in our previous post.)

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