This is a sweet and quite unusual pair of late Victorian salts – a little different from the run of the mill round or oval ones as these are hexagonal. The silver is light but very well crafted. They are made in a pedestal style, splaying wider at he top and formed of 6 main panels each with repousse style leaf work. The edges of both the bases and tops are crimped (for want of a better word). The silver is textured around the embossing making the detail really fine work.
Both dishes have a lovely clear hallmark for Birmingham 1898 and maker’s mark for Henry Williamson – one of the greats. They come in a specially designed (original) dome topped box, silk and velvet lined, with gilt tooling and made so the salts show their best face when the box is opened. The box has a push button clasp.
Generally the condition of these salts is wonderful for their age. It doesn’t appear as if they ever had glass liners (liners would be hard to make and impossible to replace due to the shape) so there is a bit of reaction to ages old salt but there is no damage – just the usual signs of age. The box is a little scuffed in places but the tooling is still bright, the clasp works and the case’s integrity is intact
- Box: 5.75 x 3 x 2.5 inches (13.5 x 7.7 x 6.5 cm)
- Each dish: 2.75 x 1.75 x .75 inch (7 x 4.5 x 2 cm)
Parcel A: £8.50
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