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Twelve American Coin and Sterling Silver Salt Cellars

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An Assembled Set of Four Coin Silver Salt Cellars, ca. 1855, three by Gorham and one by Eoff & Shepard, for Ball, Black & Co., New York, New York, with hemispherical bowl with molded rim and raised on three stepped pad feet, two with gilt interior and engraved "Read", h. 1-1/4", dia. 2-3/4"; 8.96 total t. oz.

A Near Pair of American Coin Silver Salt Cellars, third quarter 19th century, by George Sharp (1819-1904) for Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pedestal form, oval with upswept ends and raised on a conforming foot, the interiors gilt, monogrammed "ESH", h. 2-1/2", l. 3-7/8", w. 2-1/4"; 4.14 total t. oz.

A Pair of Wood & Hughes Coin Silver Salt Cellars, third quarter 19th century, New York, New York, pedestal form, the saucer-shaped bowl with conical collar and vertically reeded band, with reeded triangular stirrup handles en suite, raised on a steep double-domed pedestal, the interior gilt and fitted with a cobalt glass liner (one lacking), h. 2-1/4", dia. 2-5/8", 4.24 total t. oz.

A Pair of American Sterling Silver Salt Cellars, fourth quarter 19th century, by Black, Starr & Frost, New York, New York, model #250, pedestal form, the octagonally paneled bowl with waisted and molded rim and gilt interior, raised on a conforming pedestal foot, h. 2-1/8", dia. 3"; 4.61 total t. oz.

A Pair of Durgin Sterling Silver Salt Cellars, first quarter 20th century, Concord, New Hampshire, model #206, oval trencher form, with molded basal edge, monogrammed "MGMacF", h. 1", l. 3-1/8", w. 2-1/2"; 3.22 total t. oz.

25.17 total t. oz. (weighable silver)

Literature: Catherine B. Hollan, Philadelphia Silversmiths and Related Artisans to 1861 (McLean, VA: Hollan Press, 2013), pp. 9-10 & 182-183.
Margaret K. Hofer et al., Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York (New York: D. Giles, 2011), pp. 158 & 336
Dorothy T. Rainwater, Martin Fuller & Colette Fuller, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, 5th ed. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2004), pp. 31.
Margaret K. Hofer et al., Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York (New York: D. Giles, 2011), pp. 178-179 & 312.
Charles S. Parsons, New Hampshire Silver (Exeter: Adams Brown, 1983), pp. 96-97.


Notes: The Gorham examples matching the Eoff & Shepard piece have no model number, and are not illustrated in Tompkins' catalogue. The Eoff & Shepard example, however, is clearly an original mate to one of the Gorham salts, and dates them with reasonable precision, suggesting that the design was one of Gorham's earliest.

Condition

Gorham/Eoff & Shepard Set: In generally very good condition; no dents, breaks or repairs, and only some light wear consistent with age. Faded gilding and some surface scratches on the bowl interiors.

Sharp Near Pair: In overall very good condition with no issues noted beyond some light surface wear consistent with age. Note that while identically marked and monogrammed, one salt is slightly wider and has a less oblate foot than the other. The gilding is slightly worn in one cellar, and significantly in the other.

Wood & Hughes Pair: One cellar has a shallow 1/2" long dent on the edge of the foot making it slightly out-of-round, and both cellars show fading to the gilding and spoon scratches on the interior. Otherwise no issues noted beyond light surface wear commensurate with age and use. Liner has a 1/4" chip and a few other tiny frits on the interior rim.

Black, Starr & Fronst Pair: In overall very good condition with no issues noted beyond surface wear consistent with age and use, including fading to the gilding.

Durgin Pair: In generally very good condition with minimal surface wear. Traces of gilding on the interior.

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