1842 Francis Clark Sterling Silver Vinaigrette Birmingham England Floral Grill
Origin: Birmingham England, in the United Kingdom.
Size: Measures ~1" by ~3/4" and is 3/8" high. The piece weighs about 10 grams.
Maker: Francis Clark.
Marks: Marked with a Lion Passant (for sterling) FC within a rectangular (for Francis Clark) and the Queen's head facing left (indicating taxes were paid) on the inside of the lid. Also marked with an Anchor (Birmingham mark), FC and the date letter T in very decorative calligraphy within a shield shape (1842-1843).
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful rare antique made by an accomplished silversmith from Birmingham England, which would make a great addition to any collection.
Condition: The vinaigrette is in very good condition with no breaks, or repairs. The inside retains quite a bit of its original gold wash. The hinges for both the lid and the grill are intact and work well. The exterior of the vinaigrette is intact with a few minor scratches and minimum signs of wear. The lid closes well and latches tightly when closed. The design on the exterior of the piece shows minimum signs of wear if any and is still in great condition. The top of the lid is monogrammed. The only thing we see, is the fact that the rod of the hinge for the grill slides out easily, but this is a minor issue and does not affect the quality of beauty of the piece. A great antique made by an accomplished silversmith (Francis Clark) from Birmingham England, which very seldom comes by. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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