Antique English sterling silver vinaigrette box by Fredrick Marson, circa 1856.
This is a beautiful example of the small decorative boxes that were used to carry perfume and scents when traveling. The scent would be soaked into a sponge that would be placed inside the box with a grille to cover the sponge. Silver vinaigrette boxes were gilded where the sponge would touch the metal to protect from corrosion. This Victorian vinaigrette box has a beautiful scroll design with a scroll cartouche containing a monogram. There is an etched design grill and gold gilt finish interior. This vinaigrette includes what appears to be the original sponge (we can ship without the sponge if it is unwanted).
Monogram appears to be EP
Measures 1 1/4" long x 5/8" wide x 9mm deep when closed.
Weighs 6.8g, 4.3dwt.
Marked: duty mark (Queen Victoria, used 1838-1890), FM (Fredrick Marson hallmark), lion, anchor (Birmingham city mark) FM (Fredrick Marson hallmark),H (date mark indicating 1856) Marked on the interior of both the lid and the bottom of the box.
Very nice condition, with slight tarnish and surface scratching.
Will be shipped US Priority Mail with insurance.
Antique English Victorian Sterling Silver Gilt Vinaigrette Box Fredrick Marson 1856