An albumen print of the restored Holt-Averell (estimated 1878 or later) from a distance taken after its restoration in 1875. This property was owned by Jane Russell Averell Carter. The building was demolished in the early 1900’s and the property became the site of The Otesaga Resort Hotel.
Small French glass salt cellar with a footed base. The base is square and made of metal with four ball feet. The salt cellar is clear cut glass in a shape that is reminiscent of a flower.
A salt cellar (also called a salt, salt-box and a salt pig) is an article of tableware for holding and dispensing salt. In British English, the term is normally used for what in North American English are called salt shakers. Salt cellars can be either lidded or open, and are found in a wide range of sizes, from large shared vessels to small individual dishes. Styles range from simple to ornate or whimsical, using materials including glass and ceramic, metals, ivory and wood, and plastic.
Use of salt cellars is documented as early as classical Rome. They continued to be used through the first half of the 20th century; however, usage began to decline with the introduction of free-flowing salt in 1911, and at last they have been almost entirely replaced by salt shakers.
Salt cellars were early collectible as pieces of silver, pewter, glass, etc. Soon after their role at table was replaced by the shaker, salt cellars became a popular collectible in their own right.