Victorian Silver Novelty Hunting Horn Vinaigrette by Sampson Mordan

Date: 1873

Maker: Sampson Mordan & Co

Country: England

Stock Number: 7110

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 59 grams, 1.8 troy ounces. Length 10 cms. Diameter of top 3.5 cms. London 1873. Maker Sampson Mordan.

Literature: 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.

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