A rare early nineteenth century English silver-gilt mounted cowrie shell vinaigrette of the genus, 'Mauritia Arabica', the interior with an intricate pierced grille of foliate scrolls. The hinged cover with pleasing foliate decoration, surrounding a central vacant rectangular cartouche.


Apparently unmarked. English, c.1820.


Length: 3.3cm

Width: 2.6cm

Height: 1.7cm

Weight: 12.7 grams


Condition: Excellent antique condition. No damage or repair to either the silver-gilt mount or the cowrie shell itself.


Note: Mauritia Arabica, common name the Arabian cowry, is a species of cowry, a sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc is distributed widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from East and South Africa (including Madagascar, but not the Red Sea nor the Persian Gulf), to eastern Polynesia. It spreads north to Japan and south to New South Wales, Australia.

(SOLD) English silver-gilt mounted cowrie shell vinaigrette