Rare C1760 Danish Silver Marriage Vinaigrette Box
Thanks to LoveAntiques.com:"This is a relatively rare mid 18th century Danish silver vinaigrette or spice box. Typically of Nordic ancestry, especially Denmark and Sweden, these types of silver objects were originally used as a spice box or vinaigrette for aromatic smelling salts, often given by a suitor to his beloved as an engagement gift. 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."
This Danish box is 7 cm tall. It has a bird finial on the top lid. The compartment at the bottom apparently housed a coin destined for the offering dish at church. The maker's mark is on the lower lid: NP 1755. The dates below the maker's marks like this indicate the date the silversmith started. This Rococo box is probably about 1760.
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