Rare Amphora Shaped Vinaigrette made by Tiffany & Co. in 1872, before their move from Union Square in 1895 to 5th Avenue, New York City. The 'M' mark you see in the photo was used during the tenure of Edward Moore, Chief Silver Designer and Head of his Department at Tiffany's. .
Body of Vinaigrette unscrews to reveal its markings on one side and a pierced hinged disk covering the hollow bottom of the vessel designed for either smelling salts or a perfume drenched piece of cloth used to refresh a room. Cork lining the screw off cap is original which leads me to believe the Vinaigrette top section was meant to hold a shot of liquor as cork usually lines the cap of a flask - a perfume container usually has a crystal or threaded stopper with dauber.
Vinaigrette hangs 5-3/4" from finger ring while the actual body of the piece is 4" long by 1-1/4" wide, Inside is heavily gold washed/plated to prevent the contents from turning bad when silver tarnished. There are two insignificant dimples (shown in the first photo where the slight glare is) which may be part of the design. Hard to tell but should be mentioned. Other than that, the Vinaigrette is in Perfect Condition.
This Vinaigrette is featured on page 147 of "Bejeweled' by Tiffany & Co. I have seen another version of this Vinaigrette listed at $12K and heard of another priced at $20K.
Item ID: PF300
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