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Standing salt - The Barnstable Salt

The Barnstable Salt

  • Object:

    Standing salt

  • Place of origin:

    Barnstaple (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1560-1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mathew, Thomas (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:

    443:1, 2-1884

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 18 []

Physical description

Standing salt with detachable lid.

Place of Origin

Barnstaple (made)


ca. 1560-1580 (made)


Mathew, Thomas (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Two marks, one a triangular berry (or cluster of fruit) in a dotted circle, the other a bunch of grapes hanging from a short branch, in a shaped shield. Maker's mark in two stamps: T Mathew - marks struck on the rim of cover and on the base.

Town mark: Barnstable (no marks)


Height: 14 cm, Length: 9 cm, Weight: 273 g

Object history note

Purchase - £125
From Mrs Rickard with 444-1884

Descriptive line

Silver, English

Silver, English






Metalwork Collection

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