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A Pair of Commemorative Silver Salts by James Garrard,

London, 1897

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Commissioned by The Worshipful Company of Salters to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, the distinctive hexagonal baluster shape based on the Foxe Salt, a Renaissance gilded silver salt which was presented to Corpus Christi College in Oxford by its founder Dr Richard Foxe, Bishop of Winchester, in 1517.

Each face of the six-sided pyramidal lids are pierced with alternating trefoil and diamond designs, the foot rim and rim around the lid decorated with an ornate trefoil border in the Gothic taste

Both bear the shield of the Worshipful Company of Salters with the cypher of Queen Victoria, comprised of intertwined initials ‘VRI’ for ‘Victoria Regina et Imperatrix,’ flanked either side by the dates 1837 and 1897.

Height: 12.5cm

£4,000

Presented in their original red leather fitted case, the interior lined in Royal Blue velvet, the lid satin stamped in gold ‘R & S Garrard & Co, Goldsmiths and Jewellers To The Crown, 25 Haymarket, London.’