Trencher Salt

English (London)
1699–1700
Marked by Benjamin Bentley (first mark entered 1698)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.); Diameter of foot: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.); Weight: 45.4 gm (1oz 9 dwt)

Accession Number

35.1578

Medium or Technique

Metal

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Each spool-shaped body, raised from a single piece of thin sheet, has a spreading base and a band of chased gadrooning around the foot. The circular well at the top is surrounded by a similar band of chased gadrooning. The salts are worn overall, and several cracks have been repaired.

Inscription

Engraved on underside of each base, F / G S

Markings

In bowl of each salt, maker's mark BE (Grimwade 155); Britannia; date letter possibly d; lion's head erased.

Provenance

Walter H. Willson, Ltd., London, purchased by Frank Brewer Bemis, May 27, 1929, Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 7, 1935).

Credit Line

Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis