Scroll Salt

English (London)
1656–57
Marked by AD


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 12.7 cm (5 in.); Diameter (of base) 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.); Weight 431 gm (13 oz 17 dwt)

Accession Number

39.19

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The body of the salt is spool shaped; the diameter of the upper section is slightly smaller than that of the lower section. The receptacle for salt is a rounded well set into the top of the spool, On the edge of the rim are three brackets with scrolling volutes. The body of the salt formed from a single sheet, seamed vertically into a cylinder, and hammered into the spool shape. The rim of the base is strengthened the addition of a wire. The top of the salt is formed from a single sheet. The scrolls are cast.

Inscription

Pounced on flange between scrolls, MK

Markings

In center of well, lion passant (repeated on underside of base and on each scroll); leopard's head crowned; date letter t; maker's mark AD conjoined a pellet above a crescent below in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 125; rev. ed. 1989, p. 123)

Provenance

Samuel Montagu (Lord Swaythling), sold Christie, Manson & Woods, London, May 6, 1924, lot 87, purchased by Crichton Brothers, London; Walter H. Willson, Ltd., purchased by Theodora Wilbour, 1938, Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: January 12, 1939)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)