silver - vinaigrettes

vinaigrette. A vinaigrette is a small tightly-lidded box, usually finely worked in gold, silver or enamel, with an often elaborate pierced grate beneath the outler lid, with the interior holding a sponge soaked in aromatic vinegar, its purpose being to disguise odours caused by poor hygiene and drainage. Vinaigrettes were used from the late 18th century until the late 19th century.

To prevent corrosion by the vinegar, the interior of the vinaigrette was usually gilded. Occasionally the grille is made of gold, a rare and desirable feature although often difficult to distinguish from gilt.

They were usually rectangular in shape, but are found in other shapes iincluding fish, bells, helmets, beehives books and so on. The most common material used was silver, but they were also made in other materials including precious stone, shell, ivory, enamel, agate, pearl and combinations of these.

Among the most collectable are the silver vinaigrettes known as "castle-tops" where the lid has an embossed image of a topographical scene including a recognisable castle, abbey or country house. more...
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Victorian hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. with internal…
Victorian hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. with internal pierced grill, Birmingham 1846. Maker Edward Smith
A good small Victorian period silver vinaigrette with finely…
A good small Victorian period silver vinaigrette with finely engraved decoration, gilded interior and beautifully pierced grill. Birmingham 1833 by Thomas Shaw. Length 3.1 cm.
A fine quality George III period silver vinaigrette of oblong…
A fine quality George III period silver vinaigrette of oblong shape with engraved decoration, gilded interior and pierced grill. Birmingham 1814 by John Shaw. Length 4 cm
An English George III sterling silver vinaigrette, Birmingham,…
An English George III sterling silver vinaigrette, Birmingham, 1816, Joseph Willmore, the cover with bright cut quatrefoil on trellis ground with central cartouche initialled M cm, enclosing the gilt interior with a pierced floral and scroll grille
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, shaped rectangular, engraved…
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, shaped rectangular, engraved with scrolls and with vacant cartouche, Edward Smith, Birmingham 1859
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, shaped rectangular,…
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, shaped rectangular, engine-turned and with engraved cartouche, James Fenton, Birmingham 1858
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, oblong, engraved with scrolls,…
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, oblong, engraved with scrolls, gilt interior and grille, David Pettifer, Birmingham 1853. (chenir broken)
Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette, London 1823, Thomas…
Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette, London 1823, Thomas Pemberton
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, serpentine rectangular form,…
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, serpentine rectangular form, machine engraved covers, the gilded interior with floral and scroll engraved pierced grille, original sponge. Birmingham 1863 by Hilliard and Thomason
A George IV silver vinaigrette; gilt interior and grille,…
A George IV silver vinaigrette; gilt interior and grille, applied foliate edge; Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1825. 35 x 2.2 cm
Victorian Nathaniel Mills hallmarked sterling silver…
Victorian Nathaniel Mills hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. Birmingham 1840. Gilded interior & grid; embossed decoration. Length 4 cm. Weight 29g
A 19th century silver vinaigrette, engraved decoration to the…
A 19th century silver vinaigrette, engraved decoration to the base, the lid with a lake scene within a scrolling decorative border, serpentine form, original gilding to interior, marks rubbed
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, decorated with a detailed…
A Victorian silver vinaigrette, decorated with a detailed gothic architectural vignette on an azure, linial engraved ground, the oblong case with serpentine outline, concaved walls and a hinged lid opening to reveal a finely foliate pierced gilded grill. B
An. 800 silver Dutch clog shaped vinaigrette, the exterior…
An. 800 silver Dutch clog shaped vinaigrette, the exterior decoratively cast with birds, small animals and flowers, the hinged lid revealing a gilded grille. Width 65
Georgian hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. London 1875,…
Georgian hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. London 1875, makers Thomas Phipps and Edward Robinson, with internal pierced oval removable grid. Width 5 cm. Weight 46g
George III hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. Birmingham…
George III hallmarked sterling silver vinaigrette. Birmingham 1802. Makers Cocks and Bettridge. No insert. Length 4 cm. Weight 17g
A George III silver vinaigrette, rectangular form, the lid with…
A George III silver vinaigrette, rectangular form, the lid with geometric cruciform engraving with floral highlights, scroll initials to the cartouche on the reverse, the gilded interior including a pierced and engraved grill. London 1806 by Joseph Willmor
A Victorian silver vinaigrette of serpentine rectangular form,…
A Victorian silver vinaigrette of serpentine rectangular form, engraved covers, the gilded interior with engraved and pierced scroll grille, short length of chain attached, Birmingham 1858 by George Unite & Sons
A Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette, circa 1835, the engine…
A Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette, circa 1835, the engine turned case with chased decoration to the lid and gilded interior, the inner lid inscribed 'With the Donors Esteem', hallmarked Birmingham 1835-36, maker M.N., 3 x 2 cm
A George IV silver gilt rectangular vinaigrette by T. Pemberton…
A George IV silver gilt rectangular vinaigrette by T. Pemberton & Son, London 1823, with foliate border and engine turned decoration, 3.7 cm wide
A George IV silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Nathaniel Mills,…
A George IV silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham, 1829, with foliate border and engraved leaf decoration, 2.7 cm wide
A George IV silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Nathaniel Mills,…
A George IV silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1829, with foliate border and engraved decoration, 2.8 cm long
A Victorian silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Nathaniel Mills,…
A Victorian silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1839, with cast foliate border and engine turned decoration, 4.3 cm long
A Victorian silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Charles Rawlings…
A Victorian silver rectangular vinaigrette, by Charles Rawlings & William Summers, London 1853, engraved with a castle by a lake within scrolls, 4 cm long
A George IV silver vinaigrette, by Edward Smith, 1827, of…
A George IV silver vinaigrette, by Edward Smith, 1827, of rectangular form, the top with engraved foliate decoration and oval cartouche, the bottom decorated with a bright-cut floral and foliate motif, with silver-gilt hand pierced grill, hallmarks for Bir
A Georgian cased silver vinaigrette in its original box. Gilt…
A Georgian cased silver vinaigrette in its original box. Gilt interior.William Eley, London 1808.
A George III silver vinaigrette, of oblong shape, the hinged…
A George III silver vinaigrette, of oblong shape, the hinged lid with an applied floral and leaf motif on an engraved background, opening to reveal a gilded interior with a floral pierced grille. Birmingham 1818 by John Bettridge
An oval silver vinaigrette with a hinged lid engraved with a…
An oval silver vinaigrette with a hinged lid engraved with a shield within a leaf pattern border, opening to reveal a pierced gilded grille decorated with flowers. Birmingham 1822 by Thomas Wilmore
A George III silver vinaigrette, rectangular form, machine…
A George III silver vinaigrette, rectangular form, machine engraved fine fish-scale type decoration, initials to the hinged lid enclosing a floral pierced and engraved gilded grille requiring pin and gilded interior with original sponge. Birmingham 1818 by
A George III silver vinaigrette of lozenge shape, the hinged…
A George III silver vinaigrette of lozenge shape, the hinged lid engraved with a foliate meander border framing initials engraved to the centre, a fine gilded hinged grill to the interior. Birmingham 1802 by Samuel Pemberton.
A George III silver vinaigrette, oblong shape, the hinged lid…
A George III silver vinaigrette, oblong shape, the hinged lid and base with a leaf and flowerhead border framing an engraved panel surrounding a vacant cartouche, the interior gilded and with a foliate pierced grill. London 1827, maker John Bettridge.
Antique gilded sterling pendant vinaigrette by Nathaniel Mills,…
Antique gilded sterling pendant vinaigrette by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1838
A late George III silver vinaigrette of oblong form, engraved…
A late George III silver vinaigrette of oblong form, engraved decoration to lid and machine engraving to base, the interior with a decoratively pierced grille and original gilding. Only bearing makers mark, probably John Shaw of Birmingham c.1810. 4.5 cm x
A late George III silver vinaigrette, the lid embossed with…
A late George III silver vinaigrette, the lid embossed with floral decoration, the base with engraved decoration, original gilding to grille. Birmingham 181.8 cm
A George IV silver vinaigrette of rectangular form, the lid…
A George IV silver vinaigrette of rectangular form, the lid with bands of fine stylised leaf design, the base with wriggle work within a fine engraved border, the gilded interior with a pierced and floral engraved grille. Birmingham 1829, maker's mark indi
A George IV period silver vinaigrette of rectangular form with…
A George IV period silver vinaigrette of rectangular form with chamfered corners, engraved hinged lid enclosing the gilded interior with a hinged scrolling pierced grill. Birmingham 1824, attributed to Richard Mitchell
A George IV silver vinaigrette, rectangular form, the hinged…
A George IV silver vinaigrette, rectangular form, the hinged lid with wriggle work engraving enclosing a gilded interior with a pierced and engraved grill. Birmingham 1827 by Thomas Newbold
A George III silver vinaigrette of rectangular form, with fine…
A George III silver vinaigrette of rectangular form, with fine engraved diamond design and fine engraved borders. The hinged lid enclosing gilded interior with pierced floral engraved grille. Birmingham 1816, by Joseph Willmore. 4 cm x 2.9 cm
two vinaigrettes, by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1844, the…
two vinaigrettes, by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1844, the second; maker's mark undecipherable, Birmingham circa 1830 the first, rectangular shaped with engine turned body enclosing a scrolled cartouche engraved 'Jrw'(?) and with a Ring, Gilt Interior, the
A Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette; shell motif border with…
A Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette; shell motif border with engraved cartouche 'Betty' to a gilt interior. Hallmarked Birmingham 1822 by Lea and Clarck. 35 x 25 x 12.5mm
Antique George III sterling silver vinaigrette with original…
Antique George III sterling silver vinaigrette with original gilded pierced grille, marked for London 1806
Miniature antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers'…
Miniature antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with engraved decoration and patterned gilt grille by Edward Smith, 1861
Shaped rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy…
Shaped rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with pressed and engraved decoration, patterned grille by Edward Smith, 1867
Large shaped antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers'…
Large shaped antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with pressed decoration and patterned gilt grille by Nathaniel Mills, 1839
Rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers'…
Rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with ribbed decoration and decorative grille by Joseph Willmore 1825
Gilded rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy…
Gilded rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with embossed decoration and patterned grille by John Bettridge, 1818
Rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers'…
Rectangular antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with cut corners, 'Filigree' gilt grille unmarked but possibly by Samuel Pemberton c.1800. See Exhibition catalogue 'Matthew Boulton and the toy Makers' Goldsmith Hall, London 1982 p. 67
Domed cylindrical antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy…
Domed cylindrical antique vinaigrette by the Birmingham 'toy Makers' with closed grille by Samuel Pemberton 1800
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