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RARE GEORGE IV SILVER WALNUT-FORM VINAIGRETTE

Birmingham, 1825-26

Maker’s marks scratched from lid closure

 

   

 

       

 

     

 

 

The ovoid vinaigrette of walnut form, the exterior fluted and chased with scrolling foliage and shells, opening to a gilt interior with a hinged floral and foliate pierced grill

 

Condition : Excellent, with marks severely scratched by tight-fitting lid closure; George IV profile, Birmingham anchor loop visible, Gothic B, maker’s mark obliterated from lid closures; hinge in excellent condition.

If I had to make a conjecture on the maker, process of elimination would lead me to Ledsam, Vale & Wheeler,

working in Birmingham from 1825, and makers of "jewerly gold, silver, gilt and black fancy articles etc.". 

They are known makers of small fancy boxes, including snuffs and vinaigrettes.

 

Note :

Most vinaigrettes and nutmeg graters of "fruit" or "walnut" form date from the Victorian period forward. They are quite coveted by collectors.  Although these marks are scratched from a tight closure, they are still recognizable. The regent’s profile is clear, set in an oval punch.   The date letter, by all assessments, appears  to be a Gothic B, which would date this example several years ahead of the William IV and Victorian examples usually seen.

 

1-5/8” Long /  0.9oz.

 

 Price: Please Inquire 

 

#6240

 

 

 

 

Marks, left to right :

George IV profile in an oval, lion passant, maker's mark, Birmingham anchor, top of date letter, appearing to be a Gothic B

 

 

Larger image of the regent's profile. 

 

 

Mark of Ledsam Vale & Wheeler

 

 

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Rare George IV Silver Walnut-Form Vinaigrette, Birmingham, 1825-26, gilt interior with hinged engraved and pierced grill