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    Posted 1 year ago

    plein-air-…
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    MrsTyndall's recent post inspired me to post this brooch I found years ago at a thrift. Amazingly, it never lost it's little (perfume?) vial on the back. I saw this in a book, just don't remember which one.
    The brooch is 3 and 1/8 inches tall by 2 inches wide.

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    Comments

    1. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Very interesting brooch. I have never seen one with perfume vail.
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Wow, this indeed, is a rarity!
      To think it is 80-90+ years old, and still lovely as ever. The colors are still so vibrant! Wonder who came up with the idea of a perfume vial connected to a brooch?
      Do you think, back in the day, when sanitation standards were low, these brooches were used to “cover- up” certain odors? I know, not a nice thought, but I believe it’s true.... Also, the Victorians believed pleasant odors fought off disease...
      Great post Maureen! ( sorry for the history lesson, I do get carried away. This was my favorite subject in school, Ha!)
    3. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Gorgeous vintage bouquet, the enamel flowers are still vibrant and are such a lovely trio
    4. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 1 year ago
      What an awesome piece! Never seen one before this one with the vial on back, ver6 unusual. Glad I inspired you, Haha! Thanks for posting
    5. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 1 year ago
      Eileen, I think you're absolutely right on the purpose and history. I thought it might also be used for smelling salts. The thing that amazed me about this piece is that the vial just sits between those metal straps. There is no latch or catch. Somehow it doesn't fall out. Amazing precision!
      Thanks Jenni and Mrstyndall for your comments and loves.
      Also thanks to Ben, Eileen, Aura, Elizabethan, Findings, and AdeleC for the loves.
    6. Gillian, 1 year ago
      Pretty brooch - very bright and vibrant for its' age. (same couldn't be said for me) I was thinking the perfume could have been the scent of the flowers.
    7. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 1 year ago
      Thanks Ken and Gillian for the comments. Yes it is surprisingly in good condition. And thanks to Brunswick and Ken for the loves, too.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      I love your functional (LOL) enamel brooch - so perfect.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Maureen - LOL was in a good way, I was also thinking that sometimes these held snuff or other substances.
    10. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 1 year ago
      It's so beautiful- the colours are so deep and vibrant!

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