The George IV silver vinaigrette by John Lawrence & Co, Birmingham, decorated with a view of St Peter’s Church, Brighton that sold at £2300 at Canterbury Auction Galleries.

Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

It is notable for its date. Hallmarked for 1829, it ranks among the first castle tops ever made and the starting point of a trade in souvenir wares that lasted for two generations.

Lawrence produced two Brighton vinaigrettes: this rare example and another showing Brighton Pavilion.

The sale took place on October 3.