Wednesday, October 6, 2010
They are salt cellars. Do you know about these precious little things?
A salt cellar is a vessel, usually small and made of glass or silver, used on the table for holding salt. The use of salt cellars continued through the 1940s but has been in decline since, gradually replaced by salt shakers (ha, BORING!). During the Middle Ages, when salt was a valuable commodity, salt would be kept on the table in elaborate metal or glass dishes as a status symbol. Being granted the favor of sharing the salt cellar of the host was seen as a sign of great respect. (thank you Wikipedia)
Good news, if you ever come over to my house for a meal I will grant you the favor of sharing my salt. You are welcome!