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:previous post.)
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