Blocks of salt were used as a currency within some cultures and for trading amongst many more.
During the Middle Ages, a large, elaborate metal or glass vessel of salt was kept on the dining table as a status symbol. One could tell their social standing with their host by how closely they were seated to where the salt was placed.
In the early 20th century it was discovered that adding absorbing agents, like magnesium carbonate, allowed salt to be transported and and sold in a ground state. Salt shakers became the more popular way to sprinkle in the 1950’s.
Today, we still enjoy using individual salt cellars on the table. Rather than having to request the salt shaker be passed, guests can simply take a pinch or two and sprinkle it upon their meal. One salt cellar can usually be easily shared with up to 4 guests. In addition to being functional, we like the added color and texture dimensions salt cellars can bring to the table.
We love these delicate crystal and silver cellars, with their petite silver spoons. When not in use we store them in their original silk lined storage box, the fabric is frayed and faded, but they keep the cellars and spoons safe and sound.