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Octagonal salt

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Inscription

Engraved on base: electoral arms (1698-1714) of George Louis, Elector of Hanover, later George II.

Provenance

About 1708/1710, George Louis (b. 1660 - d. 1727), Elector of Hanover, later George I, King of Great Britain (r. 1714 - 1727) (original commission); by inheritance within the family to George III (b. 1738 - d. 1820), King of Great Britain and Elector and King of Hanover [see note 1]; by inheritance to his son, George IV (b. 1762 - d. 1830), King of Great Britain and Hanover; by inheritance to his brother, William IV (b. 1765 - d. 1837), King of Great Britain and Hanover; 1837, by inheritance to his nephew, Ernst Augustus I (b. 1837- d. 1851), King of Hanover [see note 2]; by inheritance to his son, George V (b. 1819 - d. 1878), King of Hanover; by inheritance, through the Princes of Hanover, to Ernst Augustus V (b. 1954), Prince of Hanover. 2004, private foundation, United States; 2006, given from this private foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006) NOTES: [1] In 1816, the Elector of Hanover assumed the title of King. [2] Because by Salic law a woman could not inherit the throne of Hanover, upon the succession of Queen Victoria of England in 1837, the crown passed to the oldest surviving son of George III.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

German (Hanover), possibly 19th century

Object Place

Germany

Dimensions

Width: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2006.762

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel-gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver