A decorative little antique sterling silver vinaigrette covered with bands of flowers and dots. The pretty pierced gilt grill is decorated with flowers and scrolls. Weight 12 grams, 0.4 troy ounce. Measures 2.7 x 2.2 cms. Birmingham 1820. Maker John Bettridge.
This attractive antique silver vinaigrette is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The inside lid and base are marked with crisp, clear silver stamps. The grill is unmarked.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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.