This dainty piece is an old accessory for a woman’s chatelaine. It was probably considered a scent vial for holding a fine perfume or possibly smelling salts. The round body has a floral design. A beaded strap encompasses the vial culminating near the top where it has hooks. The top portion of the vial has a cap fashioned like leaves. A chain is attached to the side hooks with a loop at the top which would could be added to a chatelaine. The crown like lid slides up and down over the chain for safe keeping. This probably had a cork stopper. We have inserted a small dowel into the vial so the lid has something to rest on. I believe this is from the late 1800’s and that is was possibly made in France. These little baubles are sometimes used by doll collectors for purses for their vintage dolls.
Overall it measures about 3” long including the large jump ring. The vial measures about 2” to the top of the lid and about by 1 ¼” wide. It is in nice condition with minor dent wear. It has not been polished so it has a natural patina with light and dark spots. As stated, it probably had a cork which it doesn’t have but it can be displayed as we’ve shown and it has not been altered.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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