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One of a pair of salt cellars: M/P.2-1941

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one of a pair of salt cellars


Spencer, Edward (designer) (Designer)
Artificers' Guild Ltd. (Silversmith)


Silver, low circular bowl with thread-edged border; standing on a fluted knop above a slightly domed circular foot with milled edge (with M/P.3-1941)


History note: Not known prior to gift

Legal notes

Given by the Contemporary Art Society, Arts and Crafts Branch

Measurements and weight

Height: 5 cm
Height: 2 in
Weight: 88 g
Weight: 2:18 oz: dwt
Width: 7 cm
Width: 2 3/4 in

Relative size of this object

7 cm2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-11-20) by Contemporary Art Society


Second quarter of 20th century
George V
1934 - 1935 1935

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

Components of the work

Bowl And Foot:

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: leopard's head
  • Location: On side of bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark
  • Text: lion passant
  • Location: On side of bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

Inscription present: gothic lower case

  • Text: t
  • Location: On side of bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark
  • Text: 'As Gd' over 'Ld' in a shield shaped cartouche
  • Location: On side of bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's mark
  • Text: a circular punch containing 'EDWARD SPENCER' around '?EL'
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Designer's mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.2-1941
Primary reference Number: 157574
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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