|A Regency-era cut-glass salt cellar|
Although we have a collection of small silver spoons to scoop up salt from our cellars, we gave up using them years ago. Too fussy and "genteel," in my view. Besides, I like using my fingers to pick up the perfect amount of salt to season what I'm eating or cooking.
|A jumble of unused silver salt spoons|
At table in our dining room at Darlington we mostly use cut-glass salt cellars. Some of them are from the Regency period, and some of them are later, in the Regency style.
We have them in various shapes and sizes.
We have other salt cellars, too, some of which are made of Sheffield silver . . .
. . . and some of which are made of mercury glass.
Boy found this tall mercury glass footed salt that we sometimes remember to use.
At our kitchen table we use heavy glass cellars for "every day."
We also use an antique horn pepper and salt cellar, from time to time.
I found this little milk glass chicken-in-a-basket salt cellar in one of the cabinets at Darlington House after we bought it. It was left behind by the previous owners, the Procters. I like to use it at breakfast.
Tell me, Dear Reader, do you pinch or do you shake?
Photographs by Boy Fenwick