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Toothpick/Pomander 1550-1600 Renaissance Gold,rubies,pearls,enamel

A parcel-gilt silver pomander, made in Italy in the 16th century; features a niello inscription. ***Pomander - a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris, musk, or civet. The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely to modify bad smells. The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, & were usually perforated and made of gold or silver.

Pomander, c. 1600-1650 Tool/equipment Dutch , 16th-17th century Creation Place: Netherlands Silver 6.35 x 3.6 cm (2 1/2 x 1 7/16 in.) Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of David Berg , 1999.306.13

Recent discoveries have raised questions as to the authenticity of Renaissance jewelry in many collections, including some pieces in the Walter Museum.Technical examination on serveal Walter's pieces were undertaken to address this issue and to shed light on the oveal problema of dating 16-17cen European jewelry.

Agnus Dei box. Upper part: silver openwork, engraved in basse-taille with translucent enamels, made by a Sienese goldsmith in Avignon (?), ca. 1320-1330. Lower part: repoussé and gilt silver, 15th century

A parcel-gilt silver pomander, made in Italy in the 16th century; features a niello inscription Pomander, gold filigree, enclosing a ball of ambergris. 1600-1700 Gold and Silver Pomander, 16th Century

Pomander, maker unknown, 1600-50. M.105:1 to 8-1939. Given by Miss Mabel M.Boore. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Pomander shaped as an apple, of silver, silver gilt, and niello. The sections of the body of the pomander are held in place by a pin with a screw section at the top, the whole attached to an octagonal gadrooned head to which is hinged a quatrefoil handle. Inscriptions run around the edge of each section relating to the Judgement of Paris, the interior and exterior decoration of scrolling foliage and geometric patterns. Place of Origin: Italy (made) Date: ca. 1350 (made)

Early 17th century German Pomander at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Margaret Layton and her embroidered jacket 1600 @ Victoria and Albert Museum - British Galleries

Girdle Belt Pomander - Silver or Gold (Use as a Christmas Ornament or Car Sachet too)

Rosary bead - early 16th C German Baby Jesus clearly has on a coral bead and branch pendant necklace