Salt Dish Holder

Open, oval cylindrical piercework frame or holder for a salt cellar or dish consisting of a seamed, stamped and pierced gallery featuring four laurel leaf swags suspended against vertical flutes between scrolled pilasters on four cast acanthus-covered ball feet. Sides bent perpendicular at bottom to create small ledge. Bottom underside struck with four marks between two legs, "WMFN" in incuse italic sans serif letters, upper eyelid motif in rounded rectangle, the incuse numerals "/IO", and "as" in an incuse lowercase typescript font.
Maker is Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik ("Metalware Factory of Wurttemberg") in Geislingen an der Steige, Germany; founded as Metallwarenfabrik Straub & Schweizer, changed name to WMF in 1880.
Currently not on view
Object Name
holder, salt dish
date made
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 7.3 cm x 5.1 cm; 2 7/8 in x 2 in
overall: 2 1/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 7.3025 cm x 4.7625 cm
place made
Deutschland: Baden-Württemberg, Geislingen an der Steige
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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