Antique Georgian Cowrie Shell Vinaigrette
An absolutely charming Georgian sterling silver Cowrie Shell Vinaigrette by Joseph Willmore of Birmingham, 1808. The vinaigrette bears the inscription "Within this box a magic spell, will cause thy pain to bid farewell'
During the 19th century, vinaigrettes were an indication of social ranking, as few could afford perfume. A display of wealth and privilege, the more ornate or decorative the vinaigrette, the higher the social standing of its owner.
Metal: sterling silver
Weight: 20 grams
Condition: Excellent antique condition.
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