Danish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th CenturyDanish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th CenturyDanish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th CenturyDanish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th CenturyDanish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th CenturyDanish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th CenturyDanish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th Century

This delightful Scandinavian silver item is of the style of those apparently given by a young man as a love token and declared his proposal of marriage. It is of silver and hallmarked for the maker, Johan Christian Bernbaum who was apparently active between 1824-1859 in Hobro, Denmark (and similar items by this maker are considered to be sterling). This small urn-shaped item is further decorated with two side handles and eleven coloured stones – three of green and eight of red. The top section is hinged and when opened reveals a gilded interior which was apparently used as a vinaigrette, so one presumes a large wad soaked in a perfume or restorative aromatic fluid would be held in this space. The foot of the urn is also hinged and opens to reveal another space which possibly contained aromatic ambergris. A suggestion has been made that this may have been for a ring but it does not appear to be of appropriate dimensions. On the base are the marks ‘I C B’ for the maker and a dot-date of 1855 as well as a series of initials, presumably those of one of the young couple. The condition is very good for age. This would make a charming addition to a collection of unusual silver items, particularly those in the form of other structures, or look pretty in your display of small pieces of silver. Height 3.5 ins (9cm), width 2 ins (5cm). Weight 34 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 70. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $42.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.

Item ID: GEC-00297

Danish Silver Vinaigrette or Hovedvandsaeg, Maker Johan Christian Bernbaum, 19th Century

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