Antique Georgian 10K gold vinaigrette objects de vertu with petrified wood cover

A stunning 10K gold Georgian vinaigrette with a perforated grill and a polished petrified wood lid. This thoughtful, perfect little object was gifted to a loved one on the occasion of Christmas, 1817. This was near the end of the Regency Era in England, which officially lasted 1811-1820 when George, Prince of Wales, served as prince regent during the last years of his father's monarchy. Vinaigrette's were functional objects made to hold a bit of fabric soaked in a pleasing perfume or combination of fragrant herbs and oils. The compartment held the fabric under a hinged, pierced grill and the scent wafted through the perforated lid. Georgian city dwellers of means would keep their vinaigrette in a pocket, on a chatelaine, or somewhere else close at hand and bring it to their nose to mask the wide variety of offensive smells out in public. This piece is marvelous, with a pretty grill, a polished top, and a personalized engraving. 

Measurements: 16.1 grams, 1 1/8 x 7/8 x 3/8"
Era: Georgian Era, 1817
Markings: Engraved "Christmas 1817," and "E.L.S.L." - possibly a husband to a wife.
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