Salt cellars

Salt cellars

Here’s a few more items from bygone days: salt cellars. Today we’re used to reaching for the salt shaker, knowing that salt is cheap and readily available. The history of salt can be an interesting way to learn about our past.

·         These small dishes, known as “salt cellars” were used to hold salt at the table for an individual. Salt was a precious, and necessary, commodity. Salt cellars were used until the early 1900s, when salt was more refined and more readily available. These dishes are now collectors’ items; the ones shown in the photo were once part of the Steinheim Museum at Alfred University.

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