1765 - 1808 (?)

Pair of Salts

Date: ca. 1787 - 1788

The pair of salts is just two inches high, and has pierced sides and little feet.  Philip Bush Jr. was born in Winchester, and was the son of a well-known tavern keeper there.  In 1787 he advertised that, “he made every kind of silver plate in the newest fashion and every kind of small work in gold and silver.”  He also thanked his customers “for the flattering encouragement.”  His career in Winchester appeared to be short-lived, for in 1788 he offered for sale the remainder of the lease of his shop on Loudoun Street.  He later moved to Kentucky, probably in the early 1790s.

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Medium: Silver

Inscriptions: Marked “PBUSH”

Dimensions: H: 2 in.

Place: Winchester, Virginia

Accession: 2011.0003.1a,b - 2a,b

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Silver - American

Tags: Silver , Salts

Purchased in 2011.