Antique Silver Plated Figural Salts
Date: Circa 1880
Maker: John Langland
A tall pair of antique silver plated salts modelled as a young girl and boy wearing old fashioned clothing. Each...
A tall pair of antique silver plated salts modelled as a young girl and boy wearing old fashioned clothing. Each is carrying a large straw basket which is gilded inside for the salt. Excellent quality and good heavy weight. Height 15 cms. Width of salt 8 cms. Base diameter 7.5 cms. Circa 1880. Umarked.
These attractive figures are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. There is no wear to the silver plate or gilt and have probably been resilvered.
Maker: John Langland
John Langlands, Newcastle based silversmith, patriarch of the Langlands family, who for sixty years were the largest silverplate producers in Newcastle. Apprenticed to Isaac Cookson, Langlands took over, in partnership with John Goodrick, the business of their ex-master when he died in 1754. John continued alone when Goodrick died in 1757. In 1778 John went into partnership with John Robertson I until 1795. After his death in 1793 his wife Margaret ran the business until the partnership was dissolved two years later. Langlands son, Robert II took over the business which continued to produce high quality silverwares. Robert II’s widow Dorothy took over after his death in 1804 and continued on until her retirement in 1814. The Langlands and Robertson partnership was very prolific and they became renowned sugar tong makers rivalling good London producers of the same period. They entered marks in 1778 and 1780 and continued to use both of them, so dating their pieces can be difficult on marks alone.
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