Octagonal salt

German (Hanover)
about 1708–10
Mark ascribed to Hermann Sander (master by 1691)

Object Place: Germany


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel-gilt

Not On View






Inventory number and weight engraved on underside: "S: Z: No: 6. 1. 1." Engraved on base: electoral arms (1698-1714) of George Louis, Elector of Hanover, later George II.


Marked on underside of foot: lion rampant in shield (guild mark of Hanover); DD crowned, within shield; maker's mark of Hermann Sander [Scheffler 1431].


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)

[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