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Spoon for a salt cellar

Spoon for a salt cellar

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1796-1797 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chawner, Henry (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Sir Victor Wellesley

  • 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

Silver spoon with a shell shaped bowl and whip handle.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1796-1797 (made)


Chawner, Henry (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1796-7

Mark of Henry Chawner


Length: 3.875 in

Object history note

Bequest - Sir Victor A A H Wellesley
Acquisition RF: 54 / 3444

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1796-7, mark of Henry Chawner




Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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