18th c danish silver heartshaped hovedvandsg or vinaigrette circa 1780

18TH C. DANISH SILVER HEART-SHAPED HOVEDVANDSÆG OR VINAIGRETTE, CIRCA 1780


Price

SOLD

Item Ref

AVR89

Description

This exquisite Danish solid silver vinaigrette is called a Hovedvansaeg. It literally means head-water egg: an egg to contain 'water' to revive the senses. It was with this type of box from Scandinavia that a young man indicated his intentions to the young lady of his choice.
'Hovedvandsæg' are of various forms and date from about 1725. The earlier ones are heart-shaped.
This hinged silver heart-shaped 'hovedvandsæg' has a gilded crown on the top. It stands on a pedestal base. The base is stamped 4 times with the maker's mark.
The main body has bright-cut engravings around the outline of the heart.
These spice boxes were often engraved with pinprick marks of the couples initials, as is this particular example, The initials "JM . OD" on the froint have become very faint with time.
Hallmarks:
Maker's marks (unidentified) stamped 4 times.
Dimensions:
Height: 7cm / 2.6 inches.
Width: 4cm / 1.4 inches.
Depth: 2cm . 0.7 inches.
Condition:
Excellent.
Postage UK: £7 Special Delivery Next day.
Postage overseas: from £12 International Signed For.
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Internal Ref: AVR89


Dimensions

Height = 6.5 cm (3")
Width = 4 cm (2")
Depth = 2 cm (1")



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