Salt Dish

Closed, oval cylindrical piercework salt on four cast claw-and-ball feet with a low bell-domed hinged lid topped by a leafy pinecone or berry finial; clear, cobalt blue glass liner. Plain or empty rectangular reserve on front of body. Flat frame on bottom. Inside of lid and bottom underside are struck with three hallmarks (those on bottom partial), two interlaced L's, a maker's mark including the initials "NN", and an imperial crown marked "86" above the script letter "P"; a small pitcher or ewer is stamped on the front edge of the lid exterior and overstruck on the interlaced L's on bottom underside.
Maker is Noel Nousecourt of Paris, France; working c. 1783-1793.
Currently not on view
Object Name
dish, salt
date made
Physical Description
silver (holder material)
glass (insert or liner material)
overall: 7.8 cm x 5.9 cm; 3 1/16 in x 2 5/16 in
overall: 3 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 7.62 cm x 7.9375 cm x 6.0325 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Wrentham
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Anna Cornette Brastow
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