Designer / Maker / Retailer
Retailed by S. B. Russell, probably to the design of Gordon Russell (1892-1980)
Manufactured by the workshop founded by George Hart, (1908-present)
5.5 x 12 cm
English (Chipping Campden), 1914
Hallmark for Guild of Handicraft (see right)
S.B. Russell, Dealer & Expert in Ancient Furniture, etc., Exclusive Silverwork, Broadway, 1913, unpaginated (see right)
The Russell catalogue describes the present model as: ‘Standing Salt similar to those in use in the early 17th century, with octagonal lip & foot, and deep depression, and with spoon to match.’ £3.13.6.
The introduction catalogue extols ‘The examples of hand-wrought silverware … not to be confounded with the the thin spun reproductions of fine old pieces, which are being so widely circulated all over the country.’
To date, only two other salts of this pattern have been identified, both in America. This might suggest that such silver was acquired by visitors to the Russell family’s Lygon Arms, Broadway.
The attribution of the design (or adaptation) to Gordon Russell is suggested by his hand written annotation under the design for a ‘Lidded Tankard’ in the Exclusive Silver catalogue. He comments: ‘I think this would look much better with a slight bulge in body’.