A very rare Victorian novelty silver vinaigrette, naturalistically modelled in the form of a mussel shell, the exterior finely finished to closely resemble a mussel shell, the hinged cover opens to reveal a silver-gilt interior and finely pierced grille depicting foliate scrolls, with central diamond registration lozenge and maker’s label, ensuite with an attached suspension ring.


Maker: Sampson Mordan & Co.

London, c.1876.


Length: 4.4cm

Width: 2.3cm

Weight: 14.3 grams


Note: The design registration has been dated to the year 1876. For an identical illustrated example see, ‘Silver Boxes’, front cover illustration and plate 148, by Eric Delieb.

(SOLD) A very rare Victorian novelty silver mussel shell vinaigrette