8714
Georgian Silver Book Vinaigrette

Date: 1835

Maker: Rawlings & Summers, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 8714

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A very attractive antique sterling silver vinaigrette in the form of a book with an opening lid. The interior has the original gilding. The finely pierced grill is decorated with birds, flowers and scrolls. Weight 26 grams, just under 1 troy ounce. Measures 4 x 2.8 cms. Height 0.8 cms. London 1835. Maker Rawlings and Summers.

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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