An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver castle top vinaigrette depicting Westminster Abbey; an addition to our collectable box collection
This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver vinaigrette has a rectangular shaped form.
The upper plateau of the cover is ornamented with a rare scene depicting Westminster Abbey* in relief, all on a matte background.
The sides of the box and cover are encompassed with a continuous band of engraved leaf ornamentation.
The underside of this English silver vinaigrette is ornamented with engine turned ornamentation accented with engraved scrolling leaf decoration, incorporating a central vacant cartouche.
Both the base and cover are embellished with cast and applied leaf decorated borders to the rims.
The hinged silver vinaigrette cover allows access to the original hallmarked hinged, pierced floral and leaf decorated silver gilt grille and original gilded interior. Please see image 11 and 12 for hallmark images.
This exceptional box is the finest of its type you could hope to acquire.
* Westminster Abbey, otherwise known as the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a Gothic abbey church in London, England. This facility was built in 960AD and has been developed through history, making its grand stature an iconic location for British monarch coronations.
This antique sterling silver vinaigrette is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.
The cast and applied decoration is very sharp and the bright cut engraved ornamentation is very crisp.
Full hallmarks struck to the interior of base and cover are all very clear.
Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of Victorian silverware.
1.3 troy ounces/38.9g
Maker: Untraced Maker's Marks
Origin: Birmingham, England
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Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Vinaigrette
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