Antique Silver Vinaigrette

Date: 1892

Maker: Hilliard & Thomason Of Birmingham

Country: England

Stock Number: 8662

An antique sterling silver vinaigrette of scalloped edge form with a hinged lid and gilt interior. The box is prettily engraved all over, the top having a monogram in old fashioned script. The pierced grill has a pierced and hand engraved flower and foliate scroll decoration. Marked inside the lid and base for Birmingham 1892. Maker Hilliard and Thomason.

Literature: Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover. Ladies used to carry a vinaigrette with them to combat the aroma from the waste products common in cities. Likewise, the practice of wearing tight corsets also regularly caused woman to faint, requiring the need to carry smelling salts.

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