A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER
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THE WHAT IS? SILVER DICTIONARY

SALT
SALT CELLAR
SALT SHAKER
TRENCHER SALT

A receptacle for holding table salt made in a great variety of shapes, styles and sizes. Silver or silver plated salts have the interior ortected by gilding or by a glass liner to prevent metal corrosion.

silver and crystal salt cellar on footed base: Genoa 19th century



Salt cellar is a small shallow bowl holding salt for indivual use on the dinner table.
It has circular, oval, rectangular, polygonal or tureen-shaped form. It has a footed base or it rests on three or four feet. A particular shape is the salt throne used in Russia.


Salt shaker is a small caster used for sprinkling table salt. It has cylindrical or pear-shaped form.


Trencher salt is an ancient type of salt without legs or feet and resting flat on the table.

silver salt with glass liner: France 19th century couple of salt cellars with white enamel: Denmark 20th century double salt cellar: silver and Crystal - France 19th century
silver salt cellar on three ball feet: Russia 19th century silver and baccarat crystal salt cellar on footed base: Italy 19th century
silver pan-slavic salt cellar: Russia 19th century silver salt throne: Russia 19th century
silver and niello salt shakers: Russia silver and crystal salt shakers: USA 20th century
silver trencher salt: Venice 18th century
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