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The Dictionary of Fashion History

Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

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  • Pomander


Dictionary entry

Page: 162


Period: ca. 1500–1690s.

A receptacle made of goldsmith’s work, containing perfume or ingredients thought to protect against infection. The form was usually a circular, flat box or ball-shaped, with perforations. The pomander was suspended from the girdle in front. A variety of recipes for the contents were in use and these were loosely known as “pomanders”, e.g. “make a pomander under this maner …” (1542, A. Boorde, Dyetary of Helth). Pomanders were occasionally carried by fops.