RARE GEORGE IV SILVER WALNUT-FORM VINAIGRETTE
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.
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.
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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