This is an English Silver Very fine and fancy Vinaigrette. It is engraved in fancy rococo plumes and scrolls and swirling designs. This small Box measures 1 3/8" x 7/8" x 3/8" high. It has no Monogram. It has a Gold Wash on the inside and a fancy pierced Grate on the inside.The Grate on the inside measures 1 1/8" x 3/4". It is Hallmarked in several places on this wonderful piece. It has an "Anchor (for town mark of Birmingham ) ES (for Makers Marks/ Edward Smith ) a fancy U or V ( Date Letter ) " and on another part is is marked " Queen's Head / ES ( Makers Marks ) / Lion Passant ( Silver ). A vinaigrette is usually a small box with a hinged lid that opens to reveal a pierced grill which is also hinged, underneath the grill would be a small sponge soaked in an oily sweet smelling substance. Vinaigrettes were used both by men and women and generally carried whilst traveling, to give a pleasant aroma as the streets or traveling companions could often smell. Inside all the surfaces would be gilded to protect the silver from staining.
Antique Sterling Silver, Jewelry, Napkin Rings, Victorian Objects