Friday, February 24, 2012

Favorite Things -- Salt Cellars

I'm weird. Pretend you didn't know that. While some people get a thrill from finding beautiful chachkies in a shiny, brightly lit store, my heart flutters while sorting through second-hand stuff at thrift shops, flea markets, salvage yards and garage sales.

'tomball antique district' photo (c) 2007, ljmacphee - license:

There's just something exciting about digging through boxes of unloved, abandoned objects. It's a treasure hunt with a 90% chance of an allergy attack. That's part of the fun. 

I learned pretty quick to carry a bandana, a pack of tissues and a bottle of Purell at all times. 

One of my favorite castoff things is a set of dreamy, sea green porcelain salt cellars with gold trim. A former landlady gave them to me. Until about 6 years ago, I didn't even know what a salt cellar was.

A salt cellar is a small cup or bowl that is used to serve salt. Pretty simple. They were fairly common until the mid 1940s. A set usually includes tiny spoons. Either my spoons are missing, or the fluted edge was used to sprinkle the salt. I may never know.

The maker's mark on the bottom reads, "Epiag / Cecho-slovakia." It's listed on most pottery websites as "unidentified" with regard to the date.

Salt cellars are hard to find, at least in east Tennessee. This is the only set I have. But that's another great thing about being a lover of vintage things. As long as there are still people who clean out attics, closets and garages, the search will never be over. 

Zyrtec should pay me to shop. 



  1. It feels good to be surrounded with unloved items, seems like they simply want a new home. I'd say, you're so lucky!

  2. I'd say you're right! I've always had an affinity for old things with a history before I found them. :-)

  3. I just purchased 6 Salt Cellars with the same markings and they look the same except mine are not scalloped. Do you have more info on them? In so email me