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Costume Brooches1014 of 2289Lapis lazuli brooch 75 stamp?A Present From Malva....Rainbow Glass Brooch
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    Posted 3 years ago

    CarrieT
    (7 items)

    Item belonged to my Great Grandma. Has the # 29 stamped on the inside.
    What is it and what was it used for?

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    Comments

    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      Your little stick pin is called a vinaigrette.

      Definition:

      Vinaigrette are usually small boxes with a hinged lid, which opens to reveal a pierced grill, also hinged, and underneath the grill would be a small sponge. soaked in an oily sweet smelling substance. Used both by men and women were generally carried whilst travelling, to give a pleasent aroma as the streets.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Fabulous item. !!!!!!
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      It may also have held solid perfume at one time.
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Just wonderful!!
    5. CarrieT CarrieT, 3 years ago
      Mystery solved.
      Thanks Efesgirl!
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Such an awesome stick pin. Kudos to Bonnie for solving this one!!
    7. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
      Your grandmother was a saucy girl! The scene on the cover is Leda & the Swan, a theme more favored for men's jewelry, so perhaps it was a cravat pin grandma had from a gentleman.

      Many artists took up the theme, Michelangelo among them:

      https://michelangelobuonarrotietornato.com/2015/02/23/la-leda-con-cigno/

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