Superb Rare 18th Century Hovedvandsag Solid Silver Spice Box Vinaigrette
RARE 18TH CENTURY HOVEDVANDSAG SOLID SILVER SPICE BOX - VINAIGRETTE. This is a Beautiful rare mid 18th century Scandinavia Hovedvansaeg solid silver vinaigrette or spice box. I would estimate this dates to circa 1760 making it nearly 220 years old. This stunning Spice Box Vinaigrette is heart shape with a crown to the top, it has the most beautiful scroll and shell decoration to the body, on opening the this beautiful hinged Hovedvansaeg you will see it still retains its rich gold gilt interior, this comes complete with a silver chain and loop to the top. The quality of the craftsmanship is superb.
These love token boxes are called Hovedvandsaeg by the Danish (Hovedvansaeg literally means head-water egg: an egg to contain'water' to revive the senses) or Luktevannshus by the Swedish. Hovedvandsæg' are of various forms and date from about 1725. Although this particular example is unmarked, the shape, Rococo style and design suggest a mid 18th Century date. It has been tested and is solid silver.
It has gilded interior and is nicely decorated in a period Louis XVI floral, scroll and shell motif. These types of silver objects were originally used as a spice box or vinaigrette for aromatic smelling salts, or would have contained a sponge soaked in aromatic oils, often given by a suitor to his beloved as an engagement gift. This would have once belonged to a young lady in the 18th century and been used daily, in a time when things were so very different, if this box could talk i can just imagine what fascinating stories it could tell, it is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice. Heart box without the chain is 3.5 cm height... Just over 2 cm across... With chain is it 14 cm length. The item "SUPERB RARE 18TH CENTURY HOVEDVANDSAG SOLID SILVER SPICE BOX VINAIGRETTE" is in sale since Sunday, August 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "silver_treasures" and is located in ledbury. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Product: Boxes
- Style: Georgian
- Age: Pre-1800
- Pattern: 18th century