This antique Chinese fragrance carrier is shaped like a vase. It's made of silver (800 to 925 acid-tested) in an openwork design that includes Chinese figures, lotus flowers and other decorative symbols...on both sides.
This woman's fragrance holder would be opened up to insert a perfume cotton ball. These were probably not opened often as the loop holding the chain passes through both top lugs. The owner would use a perfume that lasted a long time. The clip would be attached to a purse or belt and the little silver vase would emit a pleasant scent as a woman went about her day. Today, it would make a unique pendant on a chain.
The holder measures 1 3/8 inches across by 6 inches long...including the old Chinese turquoise and carnelian dangles. The piece weighs 23.3 grams.
There's a tiny bit of green on one side bottom edge. It looks like paint as it's on the surface. We left it on as it seems to be as old as the piece itself. We have left the silver patina unpolished as found.
Overall, this rare treasure is in excellent antique condition. Examples of these fragrance carriers can be seen on pages 52 to 54 of the book 'Four Centuries of Silver...Personal Adornment in the Qing Dynasty and After' by Margaret Duda.
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