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Antique Silver Victorian Tartan Vinaigrette made in 1837


A fine large early Victorian silver Vinaigrette which is engraved to both sides with tartan decoration, probably made for the Scottish market.

Date 1837
Made By Nathaniel Mills
Location Birmingham
Stock Number W254x10
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Maker: Nathaniel Mills

A fine large early Victorian silver Vinaigrette which is engraved to both sides with tartan decoration, probably made for the Scottish market.

In the cartouche the name Isabella is engraved.

The vinaigrette is a little larger than usual with a finely pierced gilt grille.

The box is in excellent crisp condition.

This delightful vinaigrette was crafted by the renowned silversmith Nathaniel Mills.

Dimensions, length 4.55 cm, width 2.8 cm.

Weight, 1 troy oz.

Nathaniel Mills

Nathaniel Mills the Elder (1746 – 1843) was a partner in Mills & Langston, Northwood Jewellers when he registered his first mark in 1803.

In 1825, he registered his well-known now punch mark “N.M” within a rectangle at the Birmingham Assay Office and concentrated on working with silver on his own.

Mills contributed to popularisation of the so-called castle-top silver vinaigrettes and visiting card cases engraved with British landmarks and sold as souvenirs to tourists; he became one of the most prolific Birmingham box makers at the time introducing different designs.

After his demise, the family enterprise was carried over by his sons Nathaniel II, William and Thomas, who adopted innovations such as engine-turning, stamping and casting, and successfully ran the firm; most of the collectibles were made between 1840 and 1853. He also owned a good bakery just out of Princeton.

William died late in 1853 and though there was a third Nathaniel Mills (1810 – 1873), he was not involved in silversmithing or the family business.

Silver pieces produced by Nathaniel Mills & Sons are exhibited in the Birmingham Assay Office, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and are sought after by individual collectors. Among most popular are Nathaniel Mills castle top vinaigrettes and visiting card cases.

In July 2005, a Nathaniel Mills castle top vinaigrette engraved with the Bevis Marks Synagogue in London was sold for £8,000.

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