Antique of the Week: Vintage Vinaigrette

This circa-1850 container is available at Flotsam & Jetsam.

As everyone in Kensington knows, Antique Row is one of the community’s points of pride. Howard Avenue and its side streets are lined with shops specializing in antique furniture, rugs, vintage toys, used books and more. This large presence in the community sparked our feature, Antique of the Week, where we will showcase a different item or curiosity each week to bring attention to pieces from the past.

This week, we’re featuring a vinaigrette circa 1850. Stacy Newton, the proprietor of , said women carried vinaigrettes on their dresses, and they would take a sniff to relieve themselves of the foul smell wafting in the streets before a proper sewage system was available.

Newton said this ivory-cast vinaigrette is from the British Raj era. She said it is definitely a collector’s item, and it is on sale for $360.

If you are interested in purchasing the vinaigrette or taking a look at any of the other fascinating antiques Newton has on sale, be sure to stop by ’s new address at 3730 Howard Avenue. Newton can be reached at 919-889-5553.  

Flotsam & Jetsam has joined with to share a much larger space. This weekend, on Oct. 1 and 2, they will have their grand opening, where refreshments will be served, on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m.


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