This delightful vinaigrette has two different hand engraved floral motif patterns on it's front and back as well as a dot line pattern around it's side rims. The engraving is beautifully done by an experience craftsman. The interior screen is symplistic but has a look of a flower with two leaves which fits into the exterior motifs.
The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no cracks, rips, holes, dents, deep scratches/abrasions or repairs. The interior of the lid has some light scratching on one side as well as a series of engraved numbers. Numbers like these were a common occurrence as shops engraved their inventory numbers on pieces. Both interior and exterior hinges are in smooth working order and appear to be all original. The vinaigrette stays firmly closed. The interior is vermeil (a form of gold plate) that is nicely even in tone. The engraved floral motifs are in excellent plus condition, very crisp and well defined. There is some form of dried out sponge in the vinaigrette that we have left with the piece - we do not know it's age.
The lid contains marks of: King George IV Tax Mark=used 1822-33, L&Co=makers hallmark, Lion=Sterling. The bottom contains marks of: Anchor=Birmingham, L&Co=makers mark, Date Letter Z=1823. The backside of the screen has a Lion=Sterling. The vinaigrette measures 7/8" long x 5/8" tall x 5/16" deep. A very attractive vinaigrette in wonderful condition of great age for your collection.
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