This is, by far, the largest vinaigrette we have ever owned, but it is also distinguished by being the only non-silver one. There are marks on the bottom, both maker’s initials and another unidentified hallmark, but the the metal is a white nickel alloy. The Chinese nickel alloy known as paktong was imported to the west in the 18th century and used to make fine silver form objects. By the 1820’s westerners had figured out the alloy and there was no need import the Chinese metal. This vinaigrette probably dates from the 1820’s so we should probably use the 19th century term, German Silver, but if it is a bit earlier you could call it paktong. The applied neoclassical scene on top and the pierced and engraved interior grill are both very fine.