William IV Antique Silver Salts
Maker: Robert Hennell II
A fantastic quality set of four antique silver salts each modelled as a large open shell supported on three little...
A fantastic quality set of four antique silver salts each modelled as a large open shell supported on three little shell feet. Light internal gilding.
Total weight 1366 grams, 43.9 troy ounces.
Height 4.5cm. Top 12 x 8.5cm.
English silver. London 1835.
Maker Robert Hennell II.
Marks. Each is stamped on the edge with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks.
Literature. Antique Silver Salt Cellars are not commonly found until the 1700’s although 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.
The salts are in very good condition. The gilt has slight wear.
Maker: Robert Hennell II
Robert Hennell II, son of John Hennell, elder brother of Robert Hennell I. Hennell Family (worked from 1728). David Hennell I was apprenticed to Edward Wood 1728. Married Hannah Broomhead 1736. First mark, as largeworker 1736. The Hennell’s had fifteen children of which only five reached maturity. David retired from business in 1773 and died 1785. Robert Hennell I, fifth child of David Hennell I, apprenticed to his father 1756, free 1763. 1st mark in partnership with David I 1763. 2nd similar. 3rd mark alone as smallworker 1772. 4th mark as saltmaker 1773. 5th mark in partnership with son David II as 3rd partner 1802. Robert Hennell II, son of John Hennell, elder brother of Robert Hennell I. Apprenticed to his uncle Robert Hennell I 1778, free 1785. Also apprenticed to John Houle as engraver. 1st mark entered as plateworker with Henry Nutting 1808. 2nd,3rd and 4th marks mark alone 1809,1820 and 1826. Retired 1833. Samuel Hennell, son of Robert Hennell I. 1st mark entered as third partner to his father and brother in 1802. 2nd mark with Robert Hennell only 1802. 3rd mark alone 1811. 4th mark in partnership with John Terry 1814, terminated 1816. David Hennell II, apprenticed to his father Robert Hennell I 1782, free 1789. Livery 1791. 1st mark in partnership with his father 1795. Second mark, with brother Samuel added to the partnership 1802. Resigned from Livery 1821.
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