Antique Silver Standing Salt

Date: 1908

Maker: Joseph Heming

Country: England

Stock Number: 8896

Very large and imposing. A rare antique sterling silver table salt cellar. A 1908 copy of a The Beeston Salt*. The domed and steeple top lid is removable and underneath, sitting on the tall cylindrical base, is the detachable salt holder. Weight 1166 grams, 37.4 troy ounces. Height 41 cms (with top), 20 cms (without top). Diameter of base 14 cms. All pieces marked London 1908 Joseph Heming & Co.

Literature: *The Beeston Salt, made in 1614, is on permanent display at the Painters and Stainers Livery Company in the City of London. Named after the master of the company Mr John Beeston who commissioned the salt as a gift.

The use of salt cellars is documented as early as classical Rome. During medieval times elaborate master salt cellars evolved which had not only a practical use but above all, a ceremonial importance, indicating the relative status of persons by their position at the table in relation to the large salt.

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