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A rare and interesting Victorian Vinaigrette engraved with Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
A Victorian oval silver Vinaigrette, Birmingham 1847, Nathaniel Mills, the lid engraved with a view of the house in Stratford Upon Avon, the base with a diagonal pattern of engine-turning centred with script initials ‘WJ’ within a cartouche. Marked on the grille with maker and duty mark.
In 1847 Shakespeare’s birthplace was sold by auction and, after an appeal, the £3000 price was paid by a trust formed for the purpose to secure its future for the nation. This vinaigrette is the earliest and crispest example noted with this scene.

For an article about the history of ‘Castletop’ boxes, see the Research tab of this website.

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Unusually sharp and crisp. The inner grille a little tight when opening.


Length – 3.30 cm.; Width – 2.50 cm.; Depth – 0.80 cm.; Weight – 13.60 gms.


This is the second time we have owned this particular vinaigrette. The first occasion was in 1980 when, after selling it to Gerald Sattin Ltd., we first photographed it. It was subsequently in the stock of Steppes Hill Farm Antiques.

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