- Museum number
Gold finger-ring and vinaigrette united by a chain. The vinaigrette opens to reveal a pierced cover for compartment engraved with an asymmetrical design in rococo style.
- Production date
- 1840 (circa)
Length: 8.30 centimetres (chain)
Width: 2 centimetres (vinaigrette)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 605:
Queen Victoria owned a French finger-ring with a vinaigrette attached by a chain which she was given in 1841. (see Flower 1951, pl. 96a). (C.Gere)
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.294.
The heat of crowded candlelit rooms was so great that a specific against fainting was an essential accessory at any grand social occasion; the perforated top of the vinaigrette allowed the user to benefit from the aromatic salts it contained. These vinaigrette-rings enjoyed a period of popularity, but few survive intact, since the rings have a greater value on their own. The vinaigrette on this ring opens to reveal a pierced cover for a compartment that contained an essence-soaked sponge. Queen Victoria owned a similar vinaigrette-ring of French manufacture, which she was given in 1841.
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.377 (masterlist number)