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SOLD - Sterling Silver ‘Mussel’ Vinaigrette by Sampson Mordan & Co - Antique Victorian

A fine and impressive, rare antique Victorian English sterling silver vinaigrette in the form of a mussel, made by Sampson Mordan & Co; an addition to our silver boxes collection

SKU: W9643
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SOLD - Sterling Silver ‘Mussel’ Vinaigrette by Sampson Mordan & Co - Antique Victorian
SOLD - Sterling Silver ‘Mussel’ Vinaigrette by Sampson Mordan & Co - Antique Victorian


This fine antique Victorian sterling silver vinaigrette has an elongated asymmetrical form, realistically modelled in the form of a mussel shell.

The anterior and posterior surfaces of the vinaigrette are embellished with subtle chased decoration replicating the contours of the natural shell.

The tension bearing ligament of the organic shell is replicated with a hinge and allows access to the original hinged pierced scrolling leaf decorated gilt grille.

The decoration to the grille incorporates the maker’s details ‘S Mordan & Co, London’ in addition to a ‘lozenge mark’ which certifies the patent of this piece on 29th February 1876 with the UK Patent Office.

The narrow end of the mussel features a ring loop attachment.

The vinaigrette retains the original gilded interior.

This impressive vinaigrette, crafted by the renowned London silversmith Sampson Mordan & Co, is a rare example of its type.

Date: 1876


This Victorian vinaigrette is a very good gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The chased decoration is very sharp.

The maker’s mark and lozenge mark struck to the anterior surface of the grille are all very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from this fine example of Victorian silverware.


Length with extended ring loop 5.5cm/2.2"

Length 5cm/2"

Width 2.1cm/0.8"

Height 1.3cm/0.5"

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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