Antique Saltcellars Add a Pinch of Pretty to Tabletops

Antique Saltcellars

The saltcellar’s heyday came in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the silhouettes mirrored fanciful European styles. Etiquette of the time required that saltcellars be within an elbow’s-length reach and at least one dispenser sit between guests, spawning a boom in production. But their popularity declined in 1911, when Morton Salt added an ingredient to keep table salt free of lumps. That’s when saltshakers with a perforated lid took center stage.