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Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11089
Period: George III
Year: 1795
Silversmith: Thomas Willmore
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 410.00
Weight: 21 grams
Dimensions: 3.7 cm across, height 1.4 cm
Condition: Excellent, snug closure, hinge good, grille fits very snugly. Has been repolished.

Description: An interesting and rare early vinaigrette, the grille of the vinaigrette does not have a hinge, but fits as a snug cap which can be completely removed. The vinaigrette is oval in shape, the grille is plain with irregular punch holes with no pattern, the grille and interior of the vinaigrette are gilded. The grille has a small thumbpiece on one side, this fits into concave opening in the side of the vinaigrette base. Close examination of the vinaigrette shows no sign of hinge removal, we are confident it was originally made to be a removable grille without hinge. The gilding is a lemon colour, with some scratches and imperfections. The original sponge is present. The hallmarks on the lid are very clear, and include date letter X for 1795, lion passant and makers mark T.W in oval punch. The hallmarks on the base include a very clear maker mark, good anchor town mark and partial duty mark. Thomas Willmore was the patriarch of the Willmore Genealogy, one of the leading families of Birmingham toy makers, known for their quality boxes. Thomas was active from the opening of the Birmingham assay office in 1773. His grandson Joseph Willmore was "a superlative silversmith, the quality of embellishment indicates pre-occupation with fine workmanship" - Eric Delieb, Silver Boxes, page 118.
Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille
Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille

Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille
Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille

Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille
Antique sterling Silver Vinaigrette

Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille
Thomas Willmore Birmingham silver hallmarks

Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille
Thomas Willmore silver makers mark

Early Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore, No Hinge to Grille
Antique Silver Vinaigrette - Thomas Willmore

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