George III Salt Cellars by Paul Storr

Date: 1805

Maker: Paul Storr

Country: England

Stock Number: 9007

A set of 4 superb quality silver salts by the world famous English silversmith Paul Storr. Excellent quality and good gauge silver as you'd expect from this sought after maker. Substantial chunky shape and typical Georgian features with half fluted decoration and borders. Cast pedestal foot and original gilt interiors. To the front of each is a lion crest. Total weight 646 grams, 20.7 troy ounces. Height 5.5 cms. Diameter 8.5 cms. London 1805. Maker Paul Storr.

Literature: 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.

By 1600 the trencher salt was in use in England, replaced during the late 1730s by the more traditional circular salt standing on 3 legs. This shape remained popular until the late 18th century when the advent of the Industrial Revolution rendered both salt and salt cellars commonplace. From this time onwards silver salts were produced in a variety of forms, some with blue glass liners, and had become commonplace on the English dining table.

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