SAVED FROM THE MELTING POT

In an earlier chapter it is stated that much of the beautiful quaint and oftentimes weighty vessels of the Oxford Colleges went into the melting pot. Custodians of these treasures must have brought out their old silver and consigned it to the purposes of the Royalists with many sighs. We can readily understand how some college don loyal to the founders of his college and to the donors of plate given for the use of the college for all time, cautiously hid away pieces around which precious memories clung. Such plate would appeal to many in those days, and perhaps some of the vessels would savour more of the delights of the chase than of mouldy tomes in the college library. The ancient foundation of All Souls yet has a marvellous standing salt known as the " Huntsman's Salt," an example of silver hid away when the plate chest was robbed for royal needs.