A fine quality pair of antique sterling silver salt cellars modelled as a mermaid draped in a fishing net and holding a giant sea shell. Heavy cast silver. Original gilt finish. Hand engraved inside the bowl of the salt is a stylistic monogram below a ducal coronet. Total weight 685 grams, 22 troy ounces. Height 5.5 cms. Width 9.5 cms. Depth 9 cms. London 1872. Maker Henry William Curry. Matches #9036 salt cellar.
Biography – Henry William Curry acquired the business of Augustus George Piesse in 1867. He traded in his own name HWC until c 1890 when he entered partnership with Charles Stuart Harries trading as C.S. Harris & Co; this was dissolved in 1896. William Henry Curry entered further marks as H.W.C in 1868, 1869 and 1882.