TRENCHER SALTS

When the old covered salts " passed " a new and more convenient form, known as " trencher " salts came into use. Needless to say the older and larger salts remained where they were first placed upon the table and were not handed round. Trencher salts of triangular form were uncovered open vessels placed at the corners of the domestic dining table. Sometimes these salts were square and in that form often used at the sides of a long dining table. No doubt their form was suggested by the wooden trenchers then in use, for the salts were flat, simply dished out and shallow receptacles for the condiment, and in general practice they would be placed in convenient positions near the trencher board. The two leading shapes of the trencher salts sufficed for practical purposes, but changes were in progress, and circular, oval and even fanciful forms were destined to come in due course. A good example of a seventeenth century salt cellar is shown in Figure 53 ; hall-marked in London in 1695-1696,