A seventeenth-century pomander and chain,
of spherical form on pierced domed foot chased to imitate fluting,
the body divided into six segments released by a screw-down turning finial,
the exterior depicting birds amongst foliage and flowers,
each segment engraved at the sides with flowers and foliage
and with slide-off cover engraved with the names:
AVGSTEIN B (Amber)
NAGELEN B (Cloves)
ANNIS B (Anise)
MEIRAEN B (Possibly Myrrh)
KANNEEL B (Cinnamon)
MVSKATEN B (Nutmeg)
The B after each substance referring to Balsam.
The whole suspended from an elaborate finial of two S-scrolls
centred by a flower, on silver chain with fluted globular links.
Dutch or German, circa 1620.
Maker’s mark FIC
For an almost identical pomander, see
Robin Butler The Albert Collection: Five Hundred Years of British and European Silver London, 2004 p315, catalogue number 242.
Height 6.2 cm