George III Antique Silver Salts


Stock: 10258

Date: 1810 - 1811

Maker: John Mewburn

Country: England

A fine pair of antique sterling silver salt dishes formed as scallop shells mounted on naturalistic turtle shell bases. Heavy...

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A fine pair of antique sterling silver salt dishes formed as scallop shells mounted on naturalistic turtle shell bases. Heavy cast gilt silver. The detailed workmanship on these is quite exceptional. Each is hand engraved to the front with a bird crest.

Weight 555 grams, 17.8 troy ounces.
Height 8.5/4.7cm. Width 10.5cm.
London 1810/11.
Maker John Mewburn.
Sterling silver.
19th century.

Marks. Stamped below the front rim with a full set of 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 and by 1600 the Trencher Salt was in use in England. During the late 1730s the more traditional circular salt standing on 3 legs had mainly replaced the trencher salt. 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 these became commonplace on the English dining table.


Both salt cellars are in very good condition. Bright gilding with a small amount of wear.

Maker Information

Maker: John Mewburn

John Mewburn (originally John Nubron), first mark entered as plateworker, 1793, in Hare Court, Aldersgate St. Livery 1811. 2nd mark 1830. Died 1830.

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