c1865 German Hanau State Silver Sleigh Salt Cellar


A beautiful c1865 German Hanau State Salt Cellar in the shape of a sleigh, made out of 800 Silver.

The sleigh’s body is ornately decorated, standing on 2 runners. The front has a small cherub. The underside of the body has the Hanau State mark and the make’s mark of Simon Rosenau (a crown above SR). This is the early mark, which was replaced soon after, when Hanau was annexed by Prusia. There is also an 800 purity mark. Condition is very good.

Simon Rosenau (1839-1920) was a silvermaker from Bad Kissingen since 1862. The also had a subsidiary in Paris and they listed themselves as Hofantiquar and suppliers to the Royal Bavarian Court. His son Hermann Simon Rosenau (1961-1943) took over the company in the 1890s. He retired in 1932 to Paris. In 1943, he was arrested and deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, where he died.

Size: 12 x 5 x 6.5 cm (4 ¾ x 2 x 2 ½ inches)
Weight: 74 g