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Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Bill Spohn » Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:54 pm

Came across this while looking for something else.

Created and given by the city of Exeter to Charles II for his coronation c. 1661 (perhaps an apology for Exeter having been a Parliamentarian city).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bHF2dP5eC4

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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Jeff Grossman » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:30 pm

Two pinches, please.
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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Bill Spohn » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:38 pm

And apparently there are small drawers to contain other seasonings. So maybe it is the world's most expensive spice rack.

Wonder why the Queen doesn't use it instead of keeping it with the crown jewels? "Pass me that nutmeg, Philip..."
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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Jeff Grossman » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:36 pm

Because she doesn't have to play at being queen... she is Queen... it's easier to keep the salt in a shaker you can pick up without three footmen and a set of instructions from a goldsmith.
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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Bill Spohn » Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:51 am

Agree about the salt cellar being more a work of art than a usable condiment dispenser, but the crown actually uses quite a lot of heritage material - see https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/tr ... nd-service

A complete (and very large) silver gilt set of plates and cutlery commissioned by George IV called the Grand Service is used to this day, 200 years later. There is a short video on that page of them 'building' one of the elaborate pieces.


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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Jeff Grossman » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:34 am

Thanks, Bill.
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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Paul Winalski » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:01 pm

Was that salt cellar used as the pattern for the Albert Memorial?

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Re: Fanciest Salt Container Ever

by Bill Spohn » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:23 pm

No, but it looks like it was.

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