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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1811-1812 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Linwood, Matthew (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt, engine turned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Marjorie Lady Pentland DBE

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 10

The viniagrette was a small recepticle containing a sponge of scented vinegar beneath the elaborately pierced cover. Smelling the pungent vinegar could help prevent fainting and viniagrettes were used by men and women. They were most popular from the mid 18th century to the end of the 19th century and could be found in novelty shapes such as acorns, shoes or books.

Physical description

Silver gilt, rectangular, the lid and base with engine turned decoration; the hinge grille of filigree

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1811-1812 (made)


Linwood, Matthew (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt, engine turned

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmrks for 1811-12

Mark of Matthew Linwood


Length: 3.7 cm, Width: 2.6 cm

Object history note

Label inside: “Vinaigrette belonging to Lady Alicia Gordon which prevented King George IV from fainting at his Coronation, 19 July 1821”

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt, Birmingham hallrks for 1811-12, mark of Matthew Linwood


Silver; Gold


Amalgam gilding; Engine turning; Filigree


Metalwork; Containers; Eating


Metalwork Collection

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