GEORGIAN SILVER 'VALISE' VINAIGRETTE BY ...

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MAI79

This exquisite Georgian silver "valise" or "satchel" vinaigrette is dated Birmingham 1823. The cover is profusely engraved with a purse outline and foliate decorations. The gilt grille pierced with foliate scrolls. It bears the marks of Ledsam and Vale who were part of the Birmingham toy making * fraternity. The back and sides with prick-dot decorations. Valise vinaigrettes are few and far between and this is a lovely example.

* from the late 18th to early 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre for the making of “toys”: small decorative objects from silver. They were produced in small family businesses and factories throughout Birmingham. They made a range of items including patch boxes, nutmeg graters, buckles, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, snuff boxes and babies rattles.

Hallmarks:

L&Co for Ledsam & Vale.
Date letter "Z" for 1823.
Birmingham Assay mark.
Lion Passant.
Duty mark.

Condition:

Very good.
Good hinge on both vinaigrette and grille.
Good clear hallmarks marks.
Back with minor dints.

Dimensions:

2.5 cm x 2 cm x 0.8 cm

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£325

RARE GEORGIAN SILVER GILT & AGATE VINAIGRETTE ...

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MARS68

This fabulous George III silver gilt vinaigrette was made by the toy maker* Thomas Willmore. It is of oval form. The front cover set with a hard stone cabochon. The back and sides plain.
The silver gilt interior with an exquisite pierced grille.

Hallmarks:

TW for Thomas Willmore
Lion Passant.
Duty mark.
Date letter "r" for 1815.

Condition:

Excellent.
Good hinge on both vinaigrette and grille.

Dimensions:

3.5cm x 2.5cm.

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£325

GEORGIAN SILVER VINAIGRETTE BY JOSEPH WILLMORE, BIRMINGHAM ...

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DEC83

This unusual and rather delightful Georgian silver vinaigrette was made in 1810 by the silversmith Joseph Willmore, a renowned Birmingham toy maker *. It is of canted rectangular form. The front cover is bright-engraved with prick-dot decorations. The oval reserve engraved with the name Beatrice. back and sides with conforming decorations.
The hinged lid opening to reveal a drilled gilt grille.
The original sponge still in place.
Gilt interior.

* from the late 18th to early 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre for the making of “toys”: small decorative objects from silver. They were produced in small family businesses and factories throughout Birmingham. They made a range of items including patch boxes, nutmeg graters, buckles, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, snuff boxes and babies rattles.

Hallmarks:
JW for Jospeh Willmore.
Date letter "m" for 1810.
Birmingham Assay mark.
Lion Passant.
Duty mark.

Condition:

Good.
Good hinge on both vinaigrette and grille.
Good clear hallmarks.
Tiny split on side of hinged cover, barely noticeable, mentioned for accuracy.

Dimensions:

3cm x 2cm.

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£225

GEORGIAN SILVER OCTAGONAL VINAIGRETTE BY SAMUEL PEMBERTON, ...

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APR90

This exquisite George III silver vinaigrette was made in 1802 by the illustrious silversmith Samuel Pemberton, a renowned Birmingham toy maker *. The front cover with a bright-cut criss-cross pattern, the sides with prick-dot decorations. It has many desirable qualities. Samuel Pemberton is very collectable, it has an unusual octagonal form and an exquisite filigree grille showcasing the minutiae of Samuel Pemberton's work. It retains its original sponge and is in very good condition.

Hallmarks:

SP for Samuel Pemberton.
Date letter "e" for 1802.
Birmingham Assay mark.
Lion Passant.
Duty mark.

Condition:
Very good.
Good hinge on both vinaigrette and grille.
Good clear hallmarks.

Dimensions:

2.5cm x 1.5cm.

* from the late 18th to early 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre for the making of “toys”: small decorative objects from silver. They were produced in small family businesses and factories throughout Birmingham. They made a range of items including patch boxes, nutmeg graters, buckles, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, snuff boxes and babies rattles.
Postage UK: £7 Special delivery next day.
Postage overseas: £10 International Signed For.
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EXQUISITE VICTORIAN SILVER MOUNTED CRANBERRY GLASS VINAIGRETTE, ...

Item Ref
MAI80

This delightful small silver mounted glass vinaigrette has a sliced cut cranberry glass body . The screw-top silver hinged lid opening to reveal an exquisite grille pierced with a rambling rose.

Hallmarks:

Not hallmarked, which was very common for scent bottles and vinaigrette lids of this period. Both lid and grille have been tested and are guaranteed silver.

Dimensions:

Height: 3cm / 1.2 inches.
Diameter at widest: 3.5cm / 1.3 inches.

Condition:

The hinge and grille are in excellent condition.
The glass body is in good condition.

Postage UK: £7 Special Delivery Next day.
Postage overseas: £12 International Signed For.
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RARE VICTORIAN SILVER MOUNTED URANIUM BLUE GLASS ...

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JUIL71

This exquisite and rare small silver mounted vinaigrette has a sliced-cut pale blue uranium glass body The screw-top silver hinged lid opening to reveal an exquisite grille pierced with a rambling rose. It is charmingly embossed.

Hallmarks:

Not hallmarked, which was very common for scent bottles and vinaigrette lids of this period. Both lid and grille have been tested and are guaranteed silver.

Dimensions:

Height: 4cm / 1.4 inches.
Diameter at widest: 3.5cm / 1.4 inches.

Condition:

The hinge and grille are in excellent condition.
The glass body is in good condition.

Postage UK: £7 Special Delivery Next day.
Postage overseas: £12 International Signed For.
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Internal Ref: MAI98
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RARE VICTORIAN SILVER MOUNTED CRANBERRY GLASS VINAIGRETTE, ...

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SEPT89

This exquisite small silver mounted glass vinaigrette has a sliced cut rich cranberry glass body . The screw-top silver hinged lid opening to reveal an exquisite grille pierced with a rose. The shoulders decorated with a silver cover pierced with rambling flowers and thistles.

Hallmarks:

Not hallmarked, which was very common for scent bottles and vinaigrette lids of this period. Both lid and grille have been tested and are guaranteed silver.

Dimensions:

Height: 3cm / 1.2 inches.
Diameter at widest: 3.5cm / 1.3 inches.

Condition:

The hinge and grille are in excellent condition.
The glass body is in good condition.Minor fleabites here and there.

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18TH C. SCANDINAVIAN SILVER HEART-SHAPED HOVEDVANDSÆG / ...

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DEC86

This exquisite Scandinavian solid silver vinaigrette is called a Hovedvansaeg. It literally means head-water egg: an egg to contain 'water' to revive the senses. It was with this type of box from Scandinavia that a young man indicated his intentions to the young lady of his choice.
'Hovedvandsæg' are of various forms and date from about 1725. The earlier ones are heart-shaped.
This silver heart-shaped 'hovedvandsæg' is surmounted by a pierced crown. The hinged lid opens to reveal a gilt interior. It stands on an oval pedestal base. The base flanked by two rampant lions or mythical creatures. The main body profusely engraved with foliate scrolls.
These spice boxes were often engraved with pinprick marks of the couples initials, as is this particular example.
The initials "RBI . DB" in prick-dot engravings on the underside.

Hallmarks:

Unmarked as was often the case with this type of item but tested as silver

Dimensions:

Height: 8.5cm / 3.2 inches.
Width: 4.5cm / 1.6 inches.
Depth: 2.5cm / 1 inch.

Condition:

Very good.
No holes or dents.
Hinge is strong condition. Snaps shut nicely.

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GEORGIAN SILVER "VALISE" VINAIGRETTE BY THOMAS EDWARDS ...

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SEPT97

This exquisite Georgian silver "valise" or "purse" vinaigrette is dated London 1818. It is in remarkable condition and of very good quality. The cover is bright-engraved with a purse outline and a laurel wreath. The drilled foliate gilt grille is exquisite. Vinaigrettes are often hallmarked for Birmingham, the centre of toy making * in Georgian times. A London hallmark for vinaigrettes is very unusual. The silversmith Thomas Edwards worked at various addresses in Islington, London, in Ratcliff Row and then Clerkenwell.

Back and sides plain.

Gilt wash interior.

Drilled engraved grille.

* from the late 18th to early 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre for the making of “toys”: small decorative objects from silver. They were produced in small family businesses and factories throughout Birmingham. They made a range of items including patch boxes, nutmeg graters, buckles, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, snuff boxes and babies rattles.

Hallmarks:

TE for Thomas Edwards
Date letter "c" for 1818.
London Assay mark.
Lion Passant.
Duty mark.

Condition:

Excellent
Good hinge on both vinaigrette and grille.
Good clear hallmarks marks.


Dimensions:

3.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 0.8 cm
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SMALL GEORGIAN SILVER VINAIGRETTE BY COCKS & ...

Item Ref
MAI94

This exquisite George III silver vinaigrette was made in 1809 by Cocks & Bettridge, renowned Birmingham toy makers *. It is a small example, small vinaigrettes are very sought-after, showcasing the minutiae of the work of these illustrious Birmingham silversmiths.
Of canted curved rectangular form, with amoeba pattern decorations to the front, prick-dot decorations to the back and sides.
The filigree grille is exquisite and the gilt interior still very rich. It retains its original sponge, which makes it a complete piece.

A wonderful addition to a collection

Hallmarks:

C&B for Cocks & Bettridge
Date letter "l" for 1809.
Birmingham Assay mark.
Lion Passant.
Duty mark.

Condition:

Very good.
Good hinge on both vinaigrette and grille.
Good clear hallmarks.

Dimensions:
2cm x 2.5cm.

* from the late 18th to early 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre for the making of “toys”: small decorative objects from silver. They were produced in small family businesses and factories throughout Birmingham. They made a range of items including patch boxes, nutmeg graters, buckles, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, snuff boxes and babies rattles.
Postage UK: £7 Special delivery next day.
Postage overseas: £10 International Signed For.
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VICTORIAN SILVER MOUNTED CRANBERRY OVERLAY GLASS VINAIGRETTE, ...

Item Ref
OCT89

This delightful small silver mounted glass vinaigrette has a sliced cut cranberry glass body . The embossed silver hinged lid with an exquisite pierced grille.

Hallmarks:

Not hallmarked, which was very common for scent bottles and vinaigrette lids of this period. Both lid and grille have been tested and are guaranteed silver.

Dimensions:

Height: 4cm / 1.4 inches.
Diameter at widest: 4cm / 1.4 inches.

Condition:

The hinge and grille are in excellent condition.

The glass body is in good condition.

Postage UK: £7 Special Delivery Next day.
Postage overseas: £12 International Signed For.

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18TH C. DANISH SILVER HEART-SHAPED HOVEDVANDSÆG OR ...

Item Ref
AVR89

This exquisite Danish solid silver vinaigrette is called a Hovedvansaeg. It literally means head-water egg: an egg to contain 'water' to revive the senses. It was with this type of box from Scandinavia that a young man indicated his intentions to the young lady of his choice.
'Hovedvandsæg' are of various forms and date from about 1725. The earlier ones are heart-shaped.
This hinged silver heart-shaped 'hovedvandsæg' has a gilded crown on the top. It stands on a pedestal base. The base is stamped 4 times with the maker's mark.
The main body has bright-cut engravings around the outline of the heart.
These spice boxes were often engraved with pinprick marks of the couples initials, as is this particular example, The initials "JM . OD" on the froint have become very faint with time.

Hallmarks:
Maker's marks (unidentified) stamped 4 times.

Dimensions:
Height: 7cm / 2.6 inches.
Width: 4cm / 1.4 inches.
Depth: 2cm . 0.7 inches.

Condition:
Excellent.

Postage UK: £7 Special Delivery Next day.
Postage overseas: from £12 International Signed For.
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SOLD