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Georgian Silver Vinaigrette

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Stock: 7984

Date: 1820

Maker: John Bettridge

Country: England

A decorative little antique silver vinaigrette covered with bands of flowers and dots. The pretty pierced gilt grill is decorated...

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Description

Description

A decorative little antique silver vinaigrette covered with bands of flowers and dots. The pretty pierced gilt grill is decorated with flowers and scrolls.

Weight 12 grams, 0.4 troy ounce.
Measures 2.7 x 2.2cm.
Birmingham 1820.
Maker John Bettridge.
Sterling silver.

Marks. The inside lid and base are marked with crisp, clear silver stamps. The grill is unmarked.

Literature: Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover. Ladies used to carry a vinaigrette with them to combat the aroma from the waste products common in cities. Likewise, the practice of wearing tight corsets also regularly caused woman to faint, requiring the need to carry smelling salts.

Condition

This attractive antique silver vinaigrette is in very good condition.

Maker Information

Maker: John Bettridge

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