Georgian Silver Vinaigrette

Date: Circa 1808

Maker: John Shaw

Country: England

Stock Number: 6809

A nice little antique sterling silver vinaigrette with ribbed decoration all over. The pretty pierced gilt grill is decorated with flowers, leaves and a basket of fruit. Weight 30 grams, 1 troy ounce. Height 1.2 cms. Length 3.8 cms. Width 2.5 cms. Birmingham 1808. Maker John Shaw.

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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