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Salt cellar

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1770-1771 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    David & Robert Hennell (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, with a glass liner

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Frank Smith

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The inconvenience of a central standing salt encouraged the development in the early 17th century of a much smaller receptacle which was placed near the individual plate. In the late 18th century, pierced oval shaped cellars on four ball and claw feet or boat shaped cellars either pierced or plain on a spreading foot, and with coloured glass liners in the style of the neo-classical revival were common.

Physical description

Salt cellar, silver with a blue glass liner, one of a set of four, oval on four ball and claw feet, sides pierced with flower and bird motifs, wavy edge. Engraved with a crest

Place of Origin

London (made)


1770-1771 (made)


David & Robert Hennell (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, with a glass liner

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1790-91

Mark of David and Robert Hennell

Engraved with a crest, an eagle displayed issuing from a ducal coronet on an open helm


Height: 5 cm, Width: 8 cm, Depth: 6.5 cm

Object history note

Bequest - Frank Smith
Acquisition RF: Frank Smith

Descriptive line

Silver with a glass liner, London hallmarks for 1790-91, mark of David and Robert Hennell


Silver; Glass


Raising; Piercing; Engraving (incising); Glass-blowing

Subjects depicted

Birds; Eagle; Crests; Coronets; Flowers


Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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