This is a truly striking and rare antique Victorian cased set of six luxury sterling silver salt cellars with spoons, 1882 in date.
This magnificent set is made by the renowned Victorian silversmiths, Horace Woodward & Co, Birmingham, and retailed by the equally renowned firm, George Edward & Sons, of London and Glasgow.
Each salt cellar is a charming round shape with a beautifully embossed fluted body, raised dotted rim, and standing on three gorgeous ball feet. Each salt cellar has the original gilded interior to resist corrosion.
The set is complete with it’s six original and fully hallmarked sterling silver spoons, which are simple and elegant in design.
It is housed in a sumptuous leather round box with magenta silk and velvet lining.
Each piece bears full hallmarks – Lion passant for sterling silver, the anchor for Birmingham, letter ‘g’ for 1882, and makers’ mark ‘H.W. & Co’ for Horace Woodward & Co.
The box also bears the retailer’ stamp ‘Geo. Edward & Sons, N.1 Poultry London & 92 Buchanan St. Glasgow’.
This set would definitely enhance your dining experience as well as make a beautiful gift.
These handsome salts are in really excellent condition. Please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 5 x Width 20 x Depth 20 – Case
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2.0 x Width 7.9 x Depth 7.9 – Case
As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world’s history, as it has been interwoven into countless civilizations. Used as a part of Egyptian religious offerings and valuable trade between the Phoenicians and their Mediterranean empire, salt and history have been inextricably intertwined for millennia, with great importance placed on salt by many different cultures. Even today, the history of salt touches our daily lives. The word salary was derived from the word salt. Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times, so it was historically used as a method of trade and currency. The word salad also originated from “salt,” and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. Undeniably, the history of salt is both broad and unique, leaving its indelible mark in cultures across the globe.
Horace Woodward & Co., Birmingham and London (1871-1921). Specialising in: box, caster, cigar & cigarette cases, claret jug, cup, epergne, locket, menu holder, mustard, napkin ring, salt, sauceboat, vesta.
Our reference: 09886