Rare 1770 Georgian Solid Silver Salt By James Waters, With Blue Glass Insert
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Rare 1770 Georgian Solid Silver Salt By James Waters, With Blue Glass Insert:
PRESENTING THIS WEEK A RARE COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFUL ITEMS, INCLUDING GEORGIAN SILVER, EGYPTIAN AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES, VINTAGE SILVER & GOLD JEWELLERY, UNUSUAL SCIENTIFIC COLLECTIBLES, VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER POCKET WATCHES, NEOLITHIC TOOLS AND A STUNNING RARE GEORGIAN PUNCH LADLE MADE FROM A CHARLES II SILVER CROWN & QUEEN ANNE SHILLING
RARE 1770 GEORGIAN SOLID SILVER SALT BY JAMES WATERS, WITH BLUE GLASS INSERT, SUPERB PIECE OF GEORGIAN HISTORY
A rare Salt crafted by James Waters, renowned silversmith, a similar example is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art from the Georgian silver collection of Eleanore E. Stoney and Mary L. Edwards
With clear hallmarks for London 1770 and makers mark James Waters, weighs over 60 grams without the liner
There is a dedication "LB from MAO" and a "C" to the front, worthy of more research
In excellent condition, presented here in uncleaned condition and will polish up to a mirror finish, all intact with no damage, comes with blue glass liner
Liner is in very good condition, a few very light marks, hard to see
At the beginning of the Middle Ages Anglo-Saxons started to develop table manners in old England. The table setting for a guest consisted of a trencher, a pointed knife and a spoon. Trenchers were made of hard bread (later of wood) and eaten as part of the meal, given to the poor, or tossed to dogs. Changing habits and new practices resulted in a rich array of different kinds of hollowware and flatware. Whereas knife and spoon were already in use, the fork appeared only at the beginning of the 16th century in Italy
Historically customs related to food and eating were passed on from the upper classes to the lower classes and simplified during the process. During the Medieval period salt was still a rare and important resource and much more valuable than it is today
In the early Middle Ages, silver salt cellars were large elaborate pieces, called master salts. The host sitting at the head of a long table, passed it to his guests, who placed some salt in their individual salt dish (sometimes only a concavity in the trencher) at their setting to sprinkle it on their food. The proximity to the host’s master salt reflected the guest’s importance in rank or honour
Salt was not offered to the common serfs, hence the expression "above the salt" or "below the salt"
By the early 18th century the typical silver salt cellars appeared, kept in pairs, answering the dining needs of the growing middle class. The shapes of the salts introduced at that time, cauldron salt, trencher salt, capstan salt and boat shaped salt, remained popular through to the 1940's. In the mid-18th century most salt cellars had three feet and usually the interior of the salts was gilded to resist corrosion
At the beginning of the 20th century it became possible to treat salt with moisture absorbing agents so that ground salt could be sold, which led to the introduction of salt shakers and phasing out of salt cellars
This stunning salt was crafted by specialist silversmith James Waters who was the silversmith who trained renowned maker Nathaniel Appleton in 1751, the son of George Appleton
A very rare early example and stunning display piece for the Georgian silver collector
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