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Large, Open, "English Sterling" Footed Master Salt, Mid 19th Century

Large, Open, "English Sterling" Footed Master Salt, Mid 19th Century
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A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.

It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old English "B in a diamond" on either side.

While not a documented mark from this firm, the double Bs suggest "Ball, Black" of New York, which was also associated with the phrase "English Sterling."

It is in very fine condition, showing little evidence of its age. It sits evenly, remains round, and with the exception of perhaps two shallow dimples, has a flawless body, with a bright even finish. The gold interior remains largely intact.

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