Mexican Silver Christmas Ornament in the shape of a Pomander M492

This hinged globe-shaped silver box, in a design of repoussé silver contrived to look like the leaves and stems of the painted metal and pearl flowerets that stud its surface, resembles nothing so much as a pomander. In its fitted red velvet box it summons up also the memories of the old traditional paper ribbon balls that used to be unwound until they disclosed their hidden treasures. Christmas is a time of exciting mysteries and this delightful object from the 1930s fashioned in coin sliver evokes that very quality the season never seems to lose. Ornament measures 3.25″ Diameter.

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A pomander, from French pomme d’ambre, i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name), 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 as a useful article to modify bad smells.[ The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, and were usually perforated and made of gold or silver. Sometimes they contained several partitions, in each of which was placed a different perfume.

The term “pomander” can be for the actual scented material itself or for the container that contains the scented material.The container can be made of gold or silver. Pomander can be a bag containing fragrant herbs. Pomanders were an early form of aromatherapy.

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