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Open trencher salts

One of a pair of cast open trencher salts. The shaped oval body has concave sides between the molded oval base and rim, with a deep, silver-gilt depression for salt.

Marks

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, RC, the dove of the Holy Ghost (Dennis, 95). Warden's Mark: 1742-1743: a crowned B (Dennis, 146). Charge Mark: 1738-1744: a crowned A with palm branches (Dennis, 135). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1738-1744: a fox's head (Dennis, 135). Other: Guarantee mark used after 1838 for large works: a helmeted head in an octagon with a 1 (Tardy,p. 173); Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929).

Provenance

Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897-1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (1898-1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993; gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. to the MFA.

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection

France (Paris), 1742–43

Object Place

Paris, France

Accession Number

1993.283.1

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver