C.1823 Sterling Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas & William Simpson
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C.1823 Sterling Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas & William Simpson:
c.1823 Sterling Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas & William Simpson
Gold Washed Silver - Original Scent Sponge
An exceptional gold gilt sterling silver vinaigrette made in Birmingham, England, 1823by the very collectible silversmiths, Thomas& William Simpson.Hand chasedfloral decoration in relief to the rim of the lid and stunning engraved leaf decoration to the base. The grille is pierced and engraved in a very detailed floral pattern.This very fine vinaigrette still retains its original sponge. There is an attached ring for attaching to a chain. The cartouche is engraved, "M. Reid".
It is hallmarked on the lid and base for Birmingham, 1823and the makers' mark, "T&WS" forThomas & William Simpson.Size is 1 1/16" x 3/4" x 3/8". Condition is very good - some wear to the goldgilt. Weight is 9.4 grams.
An almost identical vinaigrette by the same maker can be found at.
The vinaigrette was used, primarily by ladies, in the late 18th and 19th centuries. They consist of a compartment which contained a sponge soaked in aromatic acid - a form of vinegar and hence the name. The sponge was retained by a grille. When the vinaigrette was opened the aroma was said to greatly refresh and revive their owner against the less than pleasant odors of others and the surroundings!
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