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An exceptionally fine & rare Vinaigrette made in Birmingham in 1845 by Edward Smith.

£ 2,950

This exceptional example is modelled in an unusual, almost square, form with a cast foliate frame on the cover and the base. Both the base, sides and cover are engraved with engine turned designs and the base displays a vacant rectangular cartouche. The cover is most unusually inset with a very rare shaded agate panel, which when first seen, was the first time we had seen this type of agate inset into the top of a vinaigrette. The agate is also surrounded by a cast foliate frame. The interior displays very fine interior gilding and a grille pierced and engraved with pluming feathery scrolls. This fine example is contained within a silk and velvet lined case. This was formerly in the collection of Mary Cooke. Due to its quality and unusual nature she decided to keep it for two decades in her collection.

Length: 1.5 inches, 3.75cm.
Width: 1.45 inches, 3.63cm.