GEORGIAN SALTS

Early Georgian salts are those which are mostly found among the valued remains of the old family plate chest, although trencher salts and circular salts of modified form come down to us from the days of Queen Anne. When George II reigned most of the salt cellars-many small in size-were mounted on three feet. In the eighteenth century silver was fast taking the place of wood and pewter ; the salt cellars on four feet became larger than those made at the beginning of the century and several new varieties came into common use. The boat-shaped salt, with pointed ends was frequently seen in the early days of George III, sometimes these were elevated on rather high feet and their attractiveness and perhaps convenience was increased by the graceful handles not unlike those of the sugar basins of similar forms. The variety of oval, oblong, circular and octagonal salts with galleries and open perforations are endless ; they are all fitted with blue glass liners. These are indeed worth securing, but collectors should beware of broken glasses for it is very difficult indeed to obtain replicas. It may be useful to know that the hall-mark is usually found upon the bottom of the salt-cellar.

The householder of to-day knows these shapes, although by far the greater number of salts met with in dealer's shops and auction rooms are merely cleverly made replicas of Georgian silver ; charming pieces and every bit as good for practical use.