This antique English George III sterling silver vinaigrette was made in 1811 by silversmith Joseph Willmore of Birmingham. The vinaigrette has a rectangular cushion form with rounded edges and is fitted with a hinged lid. The lid opens to reveal an ornate internal engraved and pierced grille designed to enable scented material stored inside to waft through the holes when the piece opened. The decorative grille and inside of the piece are finished in gilt wash.
The front of the vinaigrette features prick dot foliate details and wriggle work along with linear borders which are also formed from prick decoration. The four corners bear large foliate designs. The center of the vinaigrette has an oval cartouche finished with a hand engraved monogram executed in script. The back also has linear prick dot decoration with a large rectangular reserve at the center that has not been monogrammed. The sides of the box are finished with a simple linear prick dot border.
The vinaigrette is in very good condition with no removals or repairs. The lid and internal grille are fully functional and open/close securely, keeping the contents safely inside. As an antique item the piece shows signs of age consisting of minor dimples and scratching which are mentioned for accuracy.
The vinaigrette is fully hallmarked and bears a Duty Head mark, Joseph Willmore's maker's mark, the lion passant, Anchor mark for the Birmingham assay office, and date letter "n" for the year 1811. The piece measures 2" by 1.25" and stands .25" tall.
This lovely George III vinaigrette displays beautifully and would be a fantastic addition to a collection of antique English silver. A perfect choice for display, or ideal for use as a pill box.
Antique George III Sterling Silver Vinaigrette with Prick Dot and Wriggle Work by Joseph Willmore