Antique Silver Trencher Salts


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Object Description

A handsome set of four antique sterling silver trencher salts in the rectangular form popular at the start of the 18th century but actually dating to 1780. Good size. Traces of the original gilt interior. Total weight 220 grams, 7 troy ounces. Base 7.5 x 6 cms. Top 6 x 4.5 cms. London 1780. Maker Thomas Harper.

Object Literature

Biography – Thomas Harper I, probably born in Bristol circa 1735-40. No record of apprenticeship or freedom, nor evidence of working in London until much later. Harper emigrated to America circa 1764 and opened a “working jeweller and goldsmith” shop in Broad St Charleston, South Carolina. Married Elizabeth Edwards 1776. Sailed from Georgetown to Eustacious (Dutch West Indies) when loyalist trouble broke out, returning to Charlestown after it’s capture by the British. He was back in London by 1783, probably having returned with the British army.

First mark entered as smallworker 1790. 2nd mark 1810. 3rd mark 1829.

Died in 1832 when his business was taken over by Acklam at 139 Strand.

Harper played a prominent role in the Masonic Lodge throughout his life and a number of his Masonic jewels are in the Library and Museum at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen St.

Object Condition

These beautiful antique silver salts are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Traces of the original gilt to the bowls. Each is stamped with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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