This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver combination vinaigrette / thread holder has been realistically modelled in the form of a carriage lamp.
The body of the vessel is embellished with impressive chased scrolling leaf decoration, accented with plain silver borders.
The anterior surface of the antique silver holder bears a feature collet set cabochon cut rock crystal panel, displaying the initials MAUD; this protruding panel replicates the location of the lamp's light.
The posterior of the vessel features an impressive hallmarked plain belt loop/hook fastening.
The piece retains the original domed hinged cover ornamented with tiered panels embellished with further scrolling leaf decoration.
The cover is surmounted with a plain ring loop attachment and opens to reveal the original thread spool.
The underside of the lamp is fitted with a hallmarked hinged cover, which opens to reveal the vinaigrette with the original push fit grille and gilding.
The grille is ornamented with an engraved and pierced decorated floral rosette design.
The interior of the antique vinaigrette cover bears a Victorian lozenge mark which certifies the patent of the design on 8th September 1869 with the UK Patent Office.
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Maker: Thomas Johnson I