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Antique Victorian Silver Vinaigrette Edward Smith1864

Antique Victorian Silver Vinaigrette Edward Smith1864

Antique Victorian Silver Vinaigrette Edward Smith1864


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About this item

This is an exquisite antique Victorian sterling silver vinaigrette with hallmarks for Birmingham 1864 and the makers mark of the silversmith Edward Smith.

The vinaigrette is of notched rectangular form with scalloped sides and has overall engine work decoration. The center medallion on the lid is engraved JH and opens to a gilt interior with a front opening floral chased grille.

There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to add a special something to your silver collection.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 3 x Width 2.5 x Depth 2 & Weight 0.4 troy oz

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 inch x Width 1 inch x Depth 1 inch

Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th Century and through the mid 19th Century, were small silver containers with a hinged lid, which opens to reveal a pierced grill, also hinged, and underneath the grill would be a tiny sponge holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar.

Used both by men and women they were generally carried whilst travelling, to give a pleasant aroma as the streets or travelling companions could often smell.

The inside of the silver boxes was gilded to prevent corrosion by the vinegar.


W2.5 x H3.0 x D2.0 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture



19th Century




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