English Sterling Silver Pair of Salt Cellars, Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, London, 1822-1823
Engraved on bottom of each: "Given by Sir R. King, Bart. June 14th 1822"
Richard King was born to Admiral Sir Richard King, 1st Baronet of Bellevue, and Susannah Margaret Coker. The younger Richard began his illustrious naval career at the age of 15. In 1805, he commanded the Achille 74 at the Battle of Trafalgar. His ship's intense engagement left thirteen men dead and fifty-nine wounded. King succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death the following year. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1812, nominated a Knight Commander in 1815, and finally advanced to commander-in-chief at Nore in 1833. A year later, Admiral Sir Richard King, 2nd Baronet of Bellevue, succumbed to the cholera epidemic on the Isle of Sheppey.
Each 2 1/8" height, 3 1/2" top diameter. 9.46 total troy ounces.