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Wendt for Ball, Black "Barrel" Sterling Silver Footed Open Master Salt

Wendt for Ball, Black "Barrel" Sterling Silver Footed Open Master Salt
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A large item, this solid silver piece has a maximum length of 3 3/4", is 2" wide, stands 1 3/4" tall to the highest points of the handles, and weighs a robust 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped on the underside "Ball, Black & Co." and "New York," for the prominent mid 19th century retailer (1851-74 under this name), along with "925/1000 in a shield," which was an manufacturer's emblem used by John Wendt, also New York City, and a firm strongly associated with Ball, Black.

An open master salt cellar, it is a faithful representation of an oval barrel. It sits on four, squared off, legs, and has an upraised arm with a crosspiece on each end.

The top and bottom of the barrel have solid rims, while the walls have vertical lines suggestive of wooden staves. Each side also has an oval reserve area, neither one of which has ever been monogrammed or inscribed.

In very good condition, this is free of bends, dents, or marring. There are some incidental surface scratches and pinpoint nicks, and the interior shows some mottling from contact with salt, but overall the finish is bright, even, and warmly lustrous.

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