Pair of Hester Bateman Silver Salt Pots, 1789
Salt Pots (pair) - Oval Caulron-shape on Hoof Feet - London 1789 by Hester Bateman (Spoons: London 1788 by Hester Bateman; 10cm long) - 8.5cm long; 7.2cm wide; 4.4cm high; 136g combined weight - SH/2665
These are a super pair of Georgian silver salt pots made by the famous Hester Bateman.
They are cauldron type salts, but are a little unusual in being oval rather than than the usual round form. Each salt cellar stands on four hoof feet, has a beaded rim and removable blue glass liner to prevent salt corrosion to the silver. Dating from 1789, the salt pots are complemented by a pair of associated Old English pattern salt spoons also made by Hester Bateman in the previous year.
Georgian silver salts pots are often blighted by numerous condition issues, however this pair have survived in remarkably good order with little in the way of corrosion and no dents, damage nor repair. The hallmarks are in legible condition too with good examples of the desirable cursive script "HB" maker's mark for Hester Bateman.