German Rococo 800 Standard Silver and Cut Glass Open Salts
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This pair master salt dishes are both charming and finely made. They have silver bases with cut and frosted glass liners.
Each one has three legs and stands 1 1/4" high to the top of base and 1 5/8" tall with the liner in place, and is 1 3/4" wide at the maximum. The combined weight of the metal is .7 T. oz.
German in origin, they are stamped "800" for the grade of the silver. These marks are on the rims, and are flanked by two other imprints. These are so small they are indecipherable, although they might be readily legible to someone familiar with German maker symbols. One of the two also has another mark which includes symbols and letters.
They are estate items always held within one family, and date from the late 19th or early 20th century.
The style of the silver is rococo, incorporating acanthus leaf scrolling interspersed with lattice work. The interiors are finished in bright gold washes, while the exteriors have deeper, more bronze-like gold surfaces.
The glass liners have scalloped, beveled rims, and a starburst cut in the bases. The bodies are frosted, save for a clear band about 1/8" wide around the tops.
They are in superb condition, showing no damage or evident wear. The holders sit evenly and are free on dents, bends, or breaks in the lattice work. The liners are without chips, cracks, or nicks.