Here is a lovely antique vinaigrette scent box or locket from the renowned Bliss Brothers.
This would have been attached to a ladies chatelaine to house a piece of cloth that had fragrance.
It also could have been worn on the finger for when a lady would be passing malodorous smells along the walkway.
Rendered in exquisite sterling silver, the little box is unique with an exceptional engine-turned decoration on the lid.
The remaining areas of the box are smooth.
We love Bliss Brothers jewelry and the earlier company from the late 1800s, EA Bliss.
They pieces are so rare, they are highly collectible.
Bliss Brothers ceased production in 1950. What started as E.A. Bliss Co., eventually became Napier.
Founded in 1896, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the company prided itself on manufacturing elegant, high quality items.
A bale at the top of the vinaigrette box is attached to a short length of chain which culminates at a loop; this is where it would have been attached to a lady's chatelaine.
The hinged lid opens smoothly while shutting securely.
As you can see, the gilt interior bears the company's hallmark (a "B" and "CO" inside a larger "B"). This mark was used starting in 1896.
There are some very light surface scratching on the exterior and interior exhibits some wear.
The large loop and the top also shows some darkening, though the piece remains in excellent antique condition overall.
Ideal for the discerning collector of elegant, high-quality vintage items, this is a wonderful example of early Bliss Brothers design.
Measurements: Vinaigrette box: 25mm long (30 to top of bale), 15mm wide, 7mm deep Chain: 2 ¾" long Loop: ¾" in diameter Weight: 4.7 grams (0.17 oz)