Prior to the invention of the salt shaker in the nineteenth century, the salt cellar allowed diners to season their meal as generously or as frugally as they desired. Small circular, oval, or boat-shaped vessels such as this one were set with accompanying spoons at or between individual place settings. George Washington likely purchased this example after the Revolution when trade resumed with England and new glass forms decorated with cutting became available to the American consumer. More

Date

1790-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Glass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 2 in. x 4 1/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (5.08 cm x 10.49 cm x 8.26 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1957


Object Number

W-2111


Colors


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