Scott Memorial Vinaigrette, 1854

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Vinaigrette - Scott Memorial - Birmingham 1854 by David Pettifer - 58mm x 30mm; 33g - Ref. No.: AP/1975

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This castle top vinaigrette is superbly engraved to the front cover with a depiction of the Scott Memorial The sides and underside of this high quality Victorian vinaigrette are beautifully engraved with scrolls and the thumb-lift is cast. The cover opens to reveal a lovely pierced hinged grille and the interior has a rich gilding. The engraved inscription to the underside gives the piece some provenance and the name "Lovat" to the interior some intrigue. Excellent condition throughout.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832) is probably the most well known Scottish author, penning such works as Ivanhoe, Lady of the Lake, Kenilworth, Rob Roy, Waverley and The Heart of Midlothian. He was one of the most popular novelists and poets of the 19th Century. After Scott’s death in 1832, his home city of Edinburgh organised a competition for designing a monument to his memory. The winning Gothic influenced design came from George Meikle Kemp and the 200 feet tall tower was sited in Princes Street Gardens. The Scott Memorial became a point of pilgrimage for his many fans, following it’s completion in 1844.