Pair of Queen Anne Trencher Salt Pots, 1710
Trencher Salt Pots (pair) - London 1710 by Thomas Ash - 7.5cm x 6.5cm x 3cm high; 150g combined weight - BH/1767
Made from the purer Britannia standard silver, these good quality Queen Anne period salt pots are fine examples of their type. They are octagonal in form with deep troughs for holding the salt and bear hallmarks to the underside.
This form of trencher are typical of the early 18th century, however the majority of examples have suffered from damage and repairs (e.g. holes to the high points/corners or salt corrosion to the interiors), however these are a very fine pair in excellent condition with neither damage nor repair.
The hallmarks are somewhat rubbed, but the date letter can be discerned and the distinctive maker's mark, which unusually is the whole of the "Ash" surname can be seen. Thomas Ash was working in London during the late 17th and early 18th centuries and his mark is most commonly found on trencher salts.