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Reference: S1466
Period: George IV
Year: 1821
Silversmith: Ledsam & Vale
Place: Birmingham
Price: R 3 500.00
Weight: 6 grams
Dimensions: 2.4 cm * 1.8 cm
Condition: Excellent - both hinges perfect, snug fit, interior gilding excellent. 1 very small dent, a few small scratches.

Description: A delightful silver vinaigrette, one of the smaller ones we have seen. The vinaigrette is decorated with an attractive, irregular pattern, and has a vacant cartouche. The grill is plain, with a light yellow gilding, the interior of the box has a lovely reddy gold gilding. The hallmarks are clear, and include Georgian duty mark, makers mark L&Co (Jackson pg 355), sterling lion, anchor town mark for Birmingham, and date letter X for 1821.The grill is also hallmarked with a lion, before the holes were stamped. The vinaigrette was an essential fashion accessory at the beginning of the 19th century, it contained scented vinegar on a sponge, used "to restore the sickly back to vigorous health" (Helliwell, Collecting small silverware, pg 148). Ledsam and Vale (1818-1826) are highly regarded makers, they were joined by Wheeler in 1826.
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