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AN "EARLY GEORGIAN" SALT CELLAR
This is an Early Georgian (George II)
(note 1) sterling silver
open cauldron salt cellar or open master salt, made in London,
England in 1746 by Edward Wood.
The round Rococo (note 2)
style salt cellar is raised on three hoofed feet. The
circumference is embellished with repousse work of roses and
leaves. The salt is lacking its glass liner (inner gilding is
absent) and a small hole is present in the center of a rose.
It measures 69 mm in diameter, stands 39 mm tall and weighs 52
The bottom is hallmarked with the lion passant guardant (note
3) for sterling silver, crowned leopardís head for the Guild
mark of London and date letter " l " in old English showing that
it was hallmarked in London 1746.
The salt cellar is engraved on the bottom with the initials D
The makerís mark "EW with a crown above and a crescent below"
(note 4) punched on the
bottom is actually that of Edward Wood, (no relation to Samuel
He is registered as being a specialist salt cellar maker. A
research made about him states "no one in London in the mid
18th century made more salt cellars" (from Grimwade,
London Goldsmiths 1697-1837: Their marks and Lives, page
709). This mark was entered in 1740 while an earlier mark was
entered in 1722.
Samuel Wood was master to David Hennell and died 1752.
(1) George II (10 November 1683-25 October
1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of
Brunswick-LŁneburg and Arch treasurer and Prince-Elector of the
Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. He was the
last British monarch born outside Great Britain, and was
famous for his numerous conflicts with his father and,
subsequently, with his son. As King, he exercised little control
over policy in his early reign, the government instead being
controlled by Great Britainís first de facto Prime Minister, Sir
Robert Walpole. (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
(2) The Rococo style (1695-1760) was characterized by the
emphasis it gave to decoration (floral motifs, masks, shells).
(3) The walking lion looking to the left over his shoulder was
used during the pre 1822 period
(4) A crown above the initials, though not compulsory, denotes a
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