Overview A fine quality antique vinaigrette pendant from circa 1800. The 18 carat gold and silver ampoule is pavé-set with rose-cut diamonds and a belt and buckle detail with rubies. The underside is set with a single cameo depicting a woman. The perforated, screw-fit cap is set with a single gold flower with an emerald centre. The three belcher style chains lead up to bale set with a further gold flower, with an amethyst at the centre. The height of fashion at the end of the 1700s and a social class indicator that was a must wear of the high-society women of the time. Filled with sponge soaked in vinegar infused with herbs and spices to overcome the stench of the masses - hence the name. It's a common misconception that precious oils such as rose were used, but the more powerful and pungent vinegar was much more effective at cutting through unwanted smells.