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Salt: M/P.3 & A & B & C-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unidentified




Silver-gilt with embossed and chased decoration, and finial in the form of a warrior

Silver-gilt; the cylindrical body on a domed foot standing on three figures of horsemen, the upper body mirroring the foot, with shallow depression for the salt; the domed cover (A) with spool-shaped finial surmounted by the figure of a warrior. The whole is embossed and chased with an ornate pattern of strapwork containing masks, fruit and flowers . Round the rims are borders of cast egg and tongue decoration and bands of dental engraving. The wooden box (B) has two brass handles, and two half lids hinged with catches, and red velvet lining, and a key (C)


History note: Not known before Leonard Daneham Cunliffe

Legal notes

Leonard D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Weight: 522 g
Weight: 16:15 oz:dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


16th Century, Late
Elizabeth I
1583 - 1584


The maker's mark of a thistle or seedhead has not been identified.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gilt
To Top Of Finial Height 29.1 cm Height 11½ in
Base Width 11.6 cm Width 4¾ in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Embossing : The domed foot, convex rim, shallow dish for the salt, cover and the three parts for the knop were all raised. They, together with the cylindrical body, were embossed, chased and engraved, and soldered together with the decorative borders. The three feet and finial were cast and soldered to the body and cover.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the rim of the cover and inside the bowl of the salt
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the rim of the cover and inside the bowl of the salt
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: F
  • Location: On the rim of the cover and inside the bowl of the salt
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: a thistle or seedhead?
  • Location: On the rim of the cover and inside the bowl of the salt
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.3 & A & B & C-1938
Primary reference Number: 139859
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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