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A Viennese Sterling Silver Enamel Vinaigrette Pendant


This is a lovely hand-painted enamel pendant vinaigrette, circa 1880. The image is that of a courting couple in period clothes; the man with his arm around the woman. On the reverse side is the same couple with the woman playing a musical instrument and the man reciting a poem. It is made of sterling silver, has a gilt interior, as well as an ornate 10k gold quadrofoil grille that fits into the piece.

It is hallmarked with the maker's mark "SC," and an "A" for the city of manufacture (Vienna). The vinaigrette measures 3/4" wide, by 3/8" deep and the grid work grill removes so one could put a sponge in there. It comes with a large sterling silver splitting that will accommodate different chain sizes.

This pendant is in very good condition, having some cold painted enamel in a matching blue where it had some chips to the side. This is hard to see with the naked eye, as it was so well done. It shows in the picture as a slightly darker shade of blue.

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