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    Posted 5 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    Hello everyone.

    This is probably the most favourite piece from the silver collection....bought about 8 years ago for a really good price as it was listed in the wrong category!!

    It is a ladies vinaigrette, which would have held a sponge or such under the gilt grill, soaked in some kind of aromatic mixture and held to the nose so that the smells of the street sewers etc did not assault the senses of the gentlewomen of the time!!

    I think I would have been more worried about my shoes and hem of my gown getting dirty lol!!! oh I forgot....the lady's maid would have taken care of that.......

    This vinaigrette is fully hallmarked for Birmingham assay office(anchor), sterling silver(lion), date letter(K?) and maker(JW) Joseph Willmore mark used 1823-43. Also has the duty mark for the monarch of the day. It is really tiny measuring 3cm x 2cm x 1cm and is in wonderful condition. If the date letter is K it would date to 1833.

    Update: the date letter is L for 1834 with thanks to IVAN49.

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      I LOVE this!! Great Piece and Great Find!!

    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Gosh....that was a fast love!!!! thank you Rose!
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Rose.....would not be able to afford one these days!!!
    4. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      lol....no kidding. Odors were bad back then

      As said before, this old crow likes silver and Sparkle items...LOL
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Here's another Magpie who likes shiny things!
    6. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl......don't think there would be too many on here who don't like shiny things lol !!
    7. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      I like shiny things, too..... shiny and very, very sharp!..... lol! Nice!... and shiny! [;>)
    8. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      What a great piece!
      I love the detail here - the lid is beautifully worked, the grill is gorgeous and even the ribbed sides are class.l
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Nevada....your blades, shiny as they are, frighten me.....do not like sharp!!!! I think I will just stick to loving your scenery pictures lol.....thanks for the love!!
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the lovely comment racer and for the love!
    11. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much vetraio50 for the love!
    12. IVAN49 IVAN49, 5 years ago
      Hi,
      More likely date letter ``L`` (continuous horizontal bottom line) but not much difference. Everything fits in.
    13. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Really love these English Sterling pieces.
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ivan for the information and the love, much appreciated. ...I can see now that it is an L date letter!
    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks nutsabotas6 for your great comment and love, much appreciated!
    16. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Many thanks Caperkid for the love and comment, really appreciated!
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      A big thank you for all the loves everyone. ...my computer has just died! And I don't know how to copy and paste on this tablet I am on! Silly old lady! lol
    18. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Kinda neat .... CW has a story about the *odors * in the olden days. I mentioned that in [Post # 4 ]. So A good read about the PUNGENT HISTORY :

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/our-pungent-history/
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Many thanks riaz06 appreciate the love!
    20. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Tuppence and JImam, thank you both very much!!
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love Bijou!
    22. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Absolutely Cindy LOL!!
      Thank you for the comment and appreciate the love too!!
      Merry Christmas!!
    23. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hey Sean.....thank you!! :))
    24. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks very much Jenni and Neil for taking the time to look and love:)
    25. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hello Vynil, thanks for the love, it is always very much appreciated :)
    26. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Many thanks for the love Yougottahavestuff:)

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