A Book Vinaigrette
A fine vinaigrette in the form of a book. With a lyre, bugle and sheet music in the pierced grill.<br /><br />
Vinaigrettes were an essential personal item in Victorian London; the smell of the streets was often bad enough to induce discomfort and even fainting. Vinaigrettes like this one contained sponges which were soaked in aromatic vinegar, a liquid so odiferous that one whiff could clear the nose and snap one back to alertness.<br /><br />
This vinaigrette is cleverly fashioned in the likeness of a book. Inside is the elaborately pierced grill (the sponge would be kept secure underneath this), bearing musical symbols. Perhaps this was used originally by a musician or conductor or an aficionado.<br /><br />
In excellent condition.
|Size||Width: 1.1 in. (2.79 cm.)Length: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm.)|