The two charming little 17th century silver Pomanders illustrated above have just come into stock and can be viewed on the web site
. They are interesting and early pieces and some of the literature might suggest that they possibly had other purposes ? (see below).
The term pomander arose during the Middle Ages from the French pomme d’ambre and referred to an aromatic ball made of ambergris, civet, musk, dried flowers, spices and scented oils. In time, the term became interchangeable with the containers into which these scented substances were kept.
The prophylactic function of scent was very important throughout the Middles ages and the Renaissance. Inhaling the aroma of specific spices and herbs, or simply carrying them on your person as a talisman, was thought to cure or prevent serious illness.
The complexity of the pomander evolved over time to better serve the curative function of scent. As certain spices started to be associated with the treatment of specific ailments, it became more important to keep the ingredients in a pomander separate. Thus the segmented pomander was created as a portable vessel within which these precious antidotes could be kept untainted, fashioned in antiseptic silver.
CHRISTIE'S South Kensington Tuesday 28th November 2006
Perfume and Pomanders by Edmund Launert
Silver Boxes by Eric Delieb
'THE ALBERT COLLECTION' 500 Years of British & European Silver by Robin Butler
Victorian Silver Castle-Top Vinaigrette 'Manchester Cathedral'
An extremely rare Victorian silver castle-top Vinaigrette of shaped rectangular form, the lid engraved with a scene depicting Manchester Cathedral. The silver gilt interior with intricately pierced foliate scroll grille including a flower head. The base engraved with scrolled decoration surrounding a vacant shaped cartouche.
By Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham, 1842
At the time that the Vinaigrette was made the church had not been granted Cathedral status and was still known as the Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George. It became the Cathedral in 1847.
Manchester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, in Manchester, England, is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, seat of the Bishop of Manchester and the city's parish church. It is on Victoria Street in Manchester city centre and is a grade I listed building.
The former parish church was rebuilt in the Perpendicular Gothic style in the years following the foundation of the collegiate body in 1421. Then at the end of the 15th century, James Stanley II (warden 1485–1506 and later Bishop of Ely 1506–1515) was responsible for rebuilding the nave and collegiate choir with high clerestory windows; also commissioning the late-medieval wooden internal furnishings, including the pulpitum, choir stalls and the nave roof supported by angels with gilded instruments. The medieval church was extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period, and again following bomb damage in the 20th century. The collegiate church became the cathedral of the new Diocese of Manchester in 1847, and is one of fifteen Grade I listed buildings in Manchester.