A small vessel usually made of silver or glass used for holding salt at the dinner table. They were very popular before the advent of the salt shaker. Salt cellars came with a little spoon that you could put your salt on and sprinkle the salt over your food. There was a salt cellar next to each dinner plate.
Pressed salts were among the first items widely produced by American glass companies. Small salt cellars were intended for use at individual place settings, larger ones, termed master salts could be used by the whole family at the dinner table.
Salt shakers contributed to the demise of the use of salt cellars.
Example of sale cellars is in the picture below:
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