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Early Georgian Silver Salt Cellars (Pair) - David Hennell I     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11395
Period: George II
Year: 1748, 1750
Silversmith: David Hennell I
Place: London
Price: R 11 400.00
Weight: 165 grams
Dimensions: 6 cm diameter, 4.5 cm height
Condition: Fair to good, these cellars have been well used, some small dents and light scratches to interior.

Description: A pair of early Georgian circular salt cellars, made by David Hennell I, the leading mid 18th century maker of salt cellars. The cellars have undulating gadroon borders, and stand on 3 cast silver shell headed hoof feet, this was the dominant design of salt cellars from 1735-1760, along with the lion mask paw feet variant. Both cellars have original owners engraved initials (possibly PH, but this is worn through polishing). The cellars are hallmarked 2 years apart (1748 and 1750), but are identical in design, and have been a pair for a long time given the style and wear on engraved owners initials. The 1748 cellar is slightly heavier (87 vs 78 grammes), it has 3 clear hallmarks, but no makers mark. The 1750 cellar has 4 hallmarks, including makers mark DH in script under Fleur-de-Lys in shaped shield (Grimwade mark 471), the marks have some wear but are all clearly visible. David Hennell was freed in 1735, he retired in 1773 to become Deputy warden of the Goldsmiths Company, and died in 1785. He described himself in the Goldsmiths register as "a salt maker of 16 Foster Lane", his family estimates that 90% of his output was silver salts, so definitely a specialist maker. David Hennell I was followed by a well regarded dynasty of Hennell family silversmiths that lasted 150 years, noted for high quality silver, particularly salts (source numerous articles written by descendant Percy Hennell from the 1950's to the 1970's, including "Pass the Salt" and "The Hennell's Identified")
Early Georgian Silver Salt Cellars (Pair) - David Hennell I
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Early Georgian Silver Salt Cellars (Pair) - David Hennell I
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Early Georgian Silver Salt Cellars (Pair) - David Hennell I
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Early Georgian Silver Salt Cellars (Pair) - David Hennell I
London 1748 silver hallmarks

Early Georgian Silver Salt Cellars (Pair) - David Hennell I
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