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Late Georgian vs Early Victorian
Antique English Sterling Silver Vinaigrette made by Silversmith John Bettridge from what I have been able to determine thus far from what I have read.

This small silver handcrafted box was formed and chased with obvious painstaking detail.
The inside chamber is gold washed to prevent corrosion of silver.

It holds the original aromatic cotton piece which is still well scented with it's pungent vinegar fragrance - which is rare.

Want a sniff of the 1800's ?

The scent is slightly heady and not at all a scent that I recognize. It is neither pleasant nor unpleasant, with a strong and powdery floral essence. Whatever odorous blend this may be, it seems just right and quite fitting for a quick sniffing.



The hinge opens and closes with ease.

Hallmarks present are as follows:

Hinged Lid

IB with rubbing wear

Lion passant with noted rubbing wear

King's Head with noted rubbing wear


According to the British Sterling/English Hallmark charts

reference link here: http://www.silvercollection.it/englishsilvermarksXI.html

stamps indicate that IB is a match for the following

John Bettridge,
Birmingham 1830 hallmark



the lion passant hallmark with his hind legs and tail still visible, indicates that this item is sterling silver


Hinged Bottom

hallmark which I cannot identify

IB - John Bettridge's period hallmark

y - unknown


Underside Grille

Lion passant hallmark


Other examples of John Bettridge's Vinaigrettes can be seen in the collection held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City:
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/120023568

Further Information on Collecting Vinaigrettes:
http://www.candicehern.com/collections/03/vinaigrettes.htm


the fine print:

although I do not profess to be a professional in this area, I have included links to reference information that I have obtained and posted about this item
- so that you may check it out for yourself, please look at all photos and read description thoroughly as items are sold as is, as found, no returns


please feel free to contact me for questions or to request more photos

Reduced / Antique Georgian Sterling Silver Vinaigrette / c. 1830 Rare Original Perfumed Scented Cotton - 19th C / John Bettridge

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: silver, silversmith, cotton, aromatic substance, vinegar
  • Feedback: 235 reviews
  • Only ships within United States.
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