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Trencher salt

One of a set of four cast trencher salts. Of oblong octagonal shape with concave sides between gadrooning and a molded base. The hinged cover is shell shaped with a shaped thumbpiece.

Marks

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, RC, the dove of the Holy Ghost (Dennis, 95). Warden's Mark: 1739-1740: a crowned Z (Dennis, 135). 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: a small boar's head (Tardy, p. 173). The Maker's mark is on the inner side and the underside of the depression, the Warden's and Charge marks are on the underside of the depression, the Discharge mark is on the bottom rim and the Guarantee mark is on the bottom rim and the underside of the cover.

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

1739–40

Object Place

Paris, France

Accession Number

1993.275.3

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver