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Arthur Stone Pair of Sterling Silver Master Salt Dishes, Gardner, MA, c. 1922-32

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These rare, beautiful and hand wrought arts and crafts salts are in a style we have not seen before. The pedestal bases have a very unusual design with shaped corners that are reminiscent of the bases of colonial or Georgian candlesticks. The attached bowls have shaped everted edges. The graceful lines and wonderful proportions for which Stone's shop is so famous can be seen in these wonderful salts.

Pedestal salts were a popular form during the Elizabethan and early Stuart eras when salt cellars of this magnitude would grace the tables of only the very richest homes. Salt was expensive as were the containers for it, hence the expression 'worth your salt'.

These lovely sterling silver salt dishes are marked underneath with Stone's shop mark and /STERLING'. One is marked with the maker's mark 'G' for Herman W. Glendenning working from 1920-36 and the other is marked 'C' for Magnus Carlberg working from 1922-32. They measure 2.5 inches high by 3.75 inches wide at the bases, have a combined weight of 9.2 troy ounces and are in excellent antique condition.

Later note: The Arthur Stone Papers indicate these salts were a special order for George Dudley Seymour, Stone's best client during the late 20's and 30's.