Learn about Pomander

The pomander was the forerunner to the vinaigrette of the Victorian era, and its use can be traced back to the Middle Ages. A pomander was a small ball made up of perfumes such as musk, and was worn or carried in a container also called a pomander. The containers were worn around the waist or suspended from a chain or around the neck. They were of one or two compartments with a pierced silver or gold grill to allow the fragrance of the costly solid perfume or aromatic inside to be dispersed. The substances carried inside pomanders were valued for their medicinal and protective powers against plague and other diseases. They also assisted in masking unpleasant odours.
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Rare antique 17th/18th century German silver Pomander. Lathe turned, pear shaped, approx 6 cm L. 30g.

Early French brass & enamel pomander in the form of a coach, 7.5 cm long approx.

A Victorian period silver heart shaped pomander with ornate pierced and embossed decoration in the French manner. Length 50, on short chain with suspension loop. London 1893 by William Comyns.

An antique enamel pomander, the rectangular case with central pierced grille within a blue guilloche enamel surround with gilt interior, hallmarked J.T

A jade cicada parfumier, in two parts, each hollowed and pierced for use as a pomander, cord and bead attachment 6. 3 cm

19th century sterling silver ball pomander on length of silver chain. Heavily embossed with flowers and leaves, inner rim marked 'Sterling'

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