M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GOOD FREDERICK VI SILVER HOVEDVANSAEG
Copenhagen, Denmark, 1793, Assay Mark Christopher Fabritius
The heart-shaped "box" having shell and scroll engraving on a matted ground
around an unengraved central oval, and opening with gilt band to a gilt interior;
the cover section surmounted by a small gilt flaming heart
sided by two birds and below a gilt coronet,
raised on a pedestal foot sided by a pair gilt of lions rampant,
the verso with hinged cover prick engraved A.P.D. over 1793 to the exterior,
opening to a shallow gilt interior with assay mark for Christopher Fabritius
The antique Hovedvandsaeg (Luktevannshus) has its origin in Norway and Denmark.
It is the successor to the pomander, and called "vinaigrette"
as the interior served as a receptacle for smelling salts or aromatic vinegar.
It is also referred to as a "spice box", or a "Scent Heart".
Small boxes of this form were generally given by young men as a "love tokens" to their "intended".
Dating from about 1725, the earliest were of heart form with a hinged foot (as this example),
the foot sometimes (but not always) dated and bearing makers marks.
These also could contain a lock or hair, needle and thread, or other personal items of sentiment
Condition : Excellent – one of the better examples I have encounter
4" High / 2.1 oz.
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