George Smith V Gilt Silver Vinaigrette
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A rare and wonderful single chamber vinaigrette, in a round pendant form. This opens on both sides— one side houses the original sponge that would have been soaked in scented vinegar, the other is a pierced grill through which the scent would pass. The hand piercing on this piece is unusual and especially lovely— six tines with ball ends convene around a many pointed miniature star to create the image of a larger six pointed star. The ribbing that decorates the side of the vinaigrette is equally charming. The doors of the locket are slightly domed. This is marked for the maker George Smith V. The inside of one door is engraved with the monogram AAAB, in light, curling script. Metal is sterling with some gilt overlay.
Very good. This is complete with its original sponge and retains much of the gilding on the interior. There is a small knife-shaped indent on one of the locket doors— it is advisable to leave this blemish as it is. Hinges and closures function admirably.
Body measures approx 1" in diameter. Thickness is approx 11 mm.