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One of a pair of salts

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The vessel of each salt is in the form of a shell, cast in two pieces, seamed, and finely chased. A wrought liner slips into the open shell. The shell rests on the back of a cast dolphin, whose tail curls around the shell. The dolphin is pinned and bolted through the oval base, which is chased...

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Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on underside of each base and on outside of liners, an unidentified crest: (an eagle's head ermine charged with a fountain and holding in the beak three ears of corn). INSCRIPTIONS: stamped on base, underside of dolphin, stem of shell, and side of liner, 4.

Marks

On base of each, maker's mark BS (similar to Grimwade 236)(repeated on dolphin tail, side of shell, stem, and side of liner); sovereign's head (repeated on dolphin tail, coil of shell, and side of liner); lion passant (repeated on dolphin tail, coil of shell, side of liner and on screw); date letter l (repeated on side of liner)

Provenance

Firestone and Parson, Inc., Boston, purchased October 15, 1969, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: October 15, 1969)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1826–27

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

6.5 X 10.3 cm ( 2 9/16 X 4 1/16 in ) Weight: 323.2 gm (10 oz 8 dwt)

Accession Number

69.1148

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver