Novelty vinaigrettes in silver and silver gilt. All of these being Victorian. A big market as every lady wore a corset and needed one of these in her pocket in case she felt giddy.

Silver novelty vinaigrette lobed in the form of a melon, the gilt interior with a pierced and engraved foliate grille. 1886. Victorian. English. Made in Birmingham, England by George Unite and Sons. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via
Policeman’s bullseye lantern novelty vinaigrette in silver, the lantern with a fluted domed top and attached suspension ring, the front hinged cover mounted with a revolving ball set with white, red, and green glass and opening to reveal an incurving leaf pierced silver gilt grille. Hinged base and silver gilt interior with the reverse engraved with contemporary initials. Victorian. English, made in London by Henry William Dee. Image © BADA and Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd. Fair use license. via

Silver gilt and hardstone mounted novelty scarab vinaigrette. The jasper body with engraved detail, the silver-gilt head with garnet eyes and the base opening to reveal a finely pierced grille with ho-ho birds amongst scrolls. Victorian. Unmarked. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via

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