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French 18ct Gold Vinaigrette Hazelnut Pendant

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A very unusual pendant in the shape of a hazelnut. It was made in France circa 1840 and opens via a hidden hinge to reveal a pierced grill. This piece is known as a vinaigrette. Popular during the Georgian & Victorian eras, vinaigrettes are small-hinged boxes with an interior grill designed to house a scented cloth or sponge. This piece would have been used by a young lady to shield herself from foul odours in the streets.

Written by Olly Gerrish


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This is such a rare little piece!

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Eagle's head (French mark for 18ct gold)


Height 1.8 cm
From top of loop to base 2.8 cm
Width at widest point 1.4 cm

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