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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-18-2013 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know who made this pair of salt dishes? They have boars' heads and trotters, measure 3" x 3", and are unmarked except for the number 30:

I believe they're sterling, though they may be coin--I did a streak test on the spot where one of the overhead curlicues is missing and it came out looking like sterling to me (but what do I know?). The style of the monogram looks 1880s-1890s to me (but again, what do I know?).

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2013 01:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have a great pair of salt cellars. My guess is that they were made by Wood and Hughes in the 1880s - but that is only a guess.
Wood and Hughes sold many of their items to other retailers and often did not put their mark on the goods.
The eyes appear to be particularly noteworthy.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2013 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, ahwt. I love Wood & Hughes, so that would make sense--no wonder I was drawn to them.

Yes, the eyes. The boars' faces are charmingly furious, aren't they? I think these would be good salt dishes for someone trying to stick to a low-sodium diet.

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2013 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
:: good salt dishes for someone trying to stick to a low-sodium diet ::

LOL! Those are wonderful, Polly. And do I see that the gold wash inside is intact? Really wonderful.

Edited to add: Those trotters would be a nice addition to the 'feet' collection.

[This message has been edited by ellabee (edited 01-23-2013).]

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-24-2013 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Ellabee! Good idea. I'll post them in the foot thread.

The gold wash is intact in one bowl--the one with the missing curlicue--but quite blotched with tarnish in the other bowl. Both bowls are visiting a fellow forum member at the moment for repair.

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