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Trencher salt

France (Paris)
1746–47
Edme-Pierre Balzac (Born 1705, master 1739; died about 1786)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

3.6 x 7.3 x 8.5 cm (1 7/16 x 2 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.317.1

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of cast trencher salts. Of oblong octagonal shape with concave sides between the molded base and rim, with an oval depression for salt.

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, EPB, a cinquefoil (Dennis, 30). Warden's Mark: incomplete, probably the mark for 1746-1747:a crowned F (Dennis, 121) Charge Mark: indistinct, but probably the mark for 1744-1750: a crowned A (Dennis, 30). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1744-1750: a salmon's head (Dennis, 30). Other: Guarantee mark used after 1838 for medium sized work: asmall boar's head (Tardy, p. 173).

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