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Nathaniel Mills. A very rare Parcel Gilt Vinaigrette made in Birmingham in 1845 by Nathaniel Mills.


The Vinaigrette is broad rectangular in form with serpentine shaped sides. Both the cover and base are unusually engraved with different designs of engine turning separated by pluming scroll work, trellis work and unusual rose heads. The gilded sides are decorated with trellis work and scroll work and display a cast floral thumb piece. The cover displays a shield shaped cartouche engraved with a set of contemporary script initials. The interior is finely gilded and displays a grille pierced and engraved with scrolling plumes and flower heads. The box is very well marked in the base and the inside of the cover. The underside of the grille displays a good makers mark. Parcel gilt vinaigrettes are rare, especially by Nathaniel Mills. Parcel gilding refers to the technique whereby part of the gilding is engraved away to show both the silver and gilt decoration.

Legth: 1.45 inches, 3.63cm.

Width: 1 inch, 2.5cm.