Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Antique Perfumed Pomander Pendants

I have seen several of these over the years, mainly on ebay. I have seen them with enameling and without. They are usually sterling silver and unscrew in the center, you place your perfumed cloth, cotton ball or sponge inside the bottom half then screw the top half back on. There are small holes around the center which the perfume can emit.  They may be referred to as vinaigrette pendants or perfume ball pendants.

From a 1912 article in Notions and Fancy Goods, a trade publication for store owners.

"A recent novelty is called a “Pomander”. It is a small hollow silver ball about the size of an ordinary marble, delicately enameled. At the top is a small cap to which is attached a ring for suspending it from a neck chain. When unscrewed a small sponge is disclosed upon which perfume can be poured. The odor of the perfume escapes from small holes which have been pierced in the ball.”

photo by etsy seller VintageInBloom

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