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Salt Cellar

Salt Cellar

  • Place of origin:

    York (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1801 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hampston, Prince & Cattles (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and glass, raised and engraved.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Arthur Hurst

  • Museum number:

    M.90:1 to :3-1940

  • 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 glass liner, oval with raised ends and four shaped feet. The sides decorated with two bands of floral scrollwork and an engraved escutcheon with the initial R. ladle shaped spoon engraved R.

Place of Origin

York (made)


1800-1801 (made)


Hampston, Prince & Cattles (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and glass, raised and engraved.

Marks and inscriptions

York hallmarks for 1800-01

Mark of Hampton, Prince and Cattles.

Engraved letter `R' on salt and spoon.


Height: 2.0 in, Width: 2.5 in, Length: 3.625 in of spoon

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 40 / 434
Bequest - Arthur Hurst

Descriptive line

Salt cellar, silver with a glass liner and spoon, York hallmarks for 1800-01, mark of Hampston, Prince and Cattles.


Silver; Glass


Raising; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Scrollwork; Escutcheon; Initials


Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork; Silver; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

small batch


Metalwork Collection

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