Pair Aesthetic Footed Sterling Silver Master Salts
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These two open salts are saucer shaped, 2 1/4" in diameter each, and sit on rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" across. They stand 7/8" high and weigh 1.8 T. oz. the pair.
Marked "925.1000" Sterling, and model number "510," they are without a maker's identification, but clearly trace to a major house, Wendt being one that comes to mind based on markings, period, and design and finish.
All surfaces of both pieces have matte finishes, while the interior of the actual dishes have engraved surfaces. The design is the same on both pieces (very slight variations result from the fact that they are hand engrave), and decidedly Aesthetic in manner. It features a figural bird flying toward a perhaps dogwood or plum blossom branch. There are additional geometric elements consistent with the Aesthetic taste.
The condition is excellent. With the exception of some essentially hidden nicking on the lower rim on one piece, the forms are without bends or nicks, the bowls remain round, and the bases sit evenly. The engraving is crisp and sharp.