• Date 1747
  • Place of Origin Bergen, Norway
  • Creator Jørgen Temper

Vinaigrettes, or perfume bottles, were popular from the late eighteenth century through the mid-nineteenth century. They were used to hold fragrances, which were sometimes dissolved in vinegar. The semiprecious red stones found in this one come from the Norwegian mountains.

This vinaigrette was made by Jørgen Temper who was an active goldsmith in Bergen from 1744 to 1749.

Marks: Bergen city gate over 7 balls (indicating that it was made in Bergen); JK over a w ( assayer’s mark of Jens Kahrs); JT (maker’s mark of Jørgen Tempter); 9 over an M (indicating it was made in September)

  • Materials Silver
  • Dimensions height: 3.5 in; width: 2 in; depth: 0.62 in
  • Identifier / Source LC0383 - Luther College Collection