A Victorian silver vinaigrette in the form of a rose. London 1884.
This fine and incredibly rare silver vinaigrette was made by Edward H. Stockwell and assayed in London in 1884. It is highly detailed and of naturalistic form. The “lid” is formed by one of the petals of the flower and small holes between the petals allow the scent to escape as the flower is smelt. Beutifully cast leaves complete the image and the rose is mounted on the original pin to allow attachment to a lapel, but also has the original loop to allow the vinaigrette to be hung from a chain if desired. Famous for this design, Stockwell also made a (more common) version as a thistle.
This fine and rare Victorian silver vinaigrette is 8 cm long, 4.25 cm at its widest point and 2 cm at its deepest. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent original condition, showing only light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.