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Johan Rohde, Georg Jensen, "Acorn" Salt Cellar, Sterling Silver with Blue Enamel
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen. "Acorn" salt cellar in sterling silver with blue enamel and salt spoon. Design 62. In very good condition. Stamped. The salt cellar measures: 6 x 4 ...
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Salt Cellar
By Zaramella Argenti 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are happy to offer you this sterling silver salt cellar. It has a blue glass liner and a sterling salt spoon. Propped on a Rococo style stand the glass is hugged by four leaves. I...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Sterling Silver

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

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H 4 in. Dm 2.5 in.
Sterling Salt Cellar, 1899
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This antique sterling silver salt cellar was manufactured by Gorham Silversmiths of Providence, Rhode Island. It is hallmarked from 1899. William McKinley was the President of the US...
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Antique 1890s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Salt Cellar, 1899
  • Sterling Salt Cellar, 1899
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H 1.5 in. Dm 3 in.
Sterling Salt Cellar with Spoon
By Leo Michelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful sterling silver salt cellar with emerald green enamel in the bowl and on the tip of the spoon. Both pieces are marked for A. Michelsen, STERLING, DENMARK. A beautiful add...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver, Enamel

Jezler Silver 800 Swiss Salt Cellar
By Jezler
Located in CH
Beautiful marked and numbered salt cellar with spoon.
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Antique Early 1900s Swiss Art Nouveau Collectible Jewelry

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Silver

Regency Silver Salt Cellars by John Bridge
By John Bridge
Located in New Orleans, LA
This stately pair of English Regency sterling silver salt cellars was crafted by the renowned London silversmith John Bridge, known as the co-founder of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, wh...
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

English Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Salt Cellar
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful English Art Nouveau sterling silver salt (or pepper) cellar, England, circa 20th century. Cellar or vessel has oval sapphire blue glass insert and comes with a small crys...
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20th Century English Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

  • English Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Salt Cellar
  • English Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Salt Cellar
  • English Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Salt Cellar
  • English Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Salt Cellar
H 2.25 in. W 3.13 in. D 1.58 in.
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Salt Cellar No. 235D
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen sterling silver salt cellar no. 235D. Measures: 4 cm / 1 37/64 in. Weighs 46 g / 1.60 oz. Item no.: 348139.   
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique Russian Silver Salt Cellar in a Shape of a Bench
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Russian silver salt cellar in a shape of a bench Has an old Cyrillic inscription Made in Russia, Moscow, 1866 Maker: AO (unidentified)   Assay master - Viktor Savi...
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Antique 1860s Russian Sterling Silver

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Silver

Georg Jensen "Pyramid" Sterling Silver Salt Cellar No. 632
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen "Pyramid" sterling silver salt cellar no. 632. Measures: (Without glass cup). 2.5 cm H. 4 cm diameter. Weighs 27 grams (0.95 oz). From 1932-1944.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Franz Hingelberg. 4 Salt Cellars with Accompanying Spoon in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Franz Hingelberg. 4 salt cellars with accompanying spoon in sterling silver. Model number 1089 D. The salt cellar measures: 9 x 2.2 cm. The spoon measures: 5.5 cm In perfect condi...
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20th Century Danish Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Pyramid Salt Cellar with Glass #632
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen sterling silver pyramid salt cellar with glass #632. Designed by Harald Nielsen. With GJ marks from 1932-1945. In nice condition glass fully intact. Measures 2.3 cm H (0...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Blossom Sterling Silver Salt Cellar No 2A 'Green'
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen blossom sterling silver salt cellar No 2A (Green) Measures: Height 3.5 cm(1 3/8 in), diameter 5 cm(1 31/32 in) Item no.: 241952.   
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Vintage 1950s Danish Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

English Sterling Silver and Cobalt Glass Salt Cellars, Set of 6
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of 6 English sterling silver salt cellars with cobalt blue glass liners. Reticulated detailing. Stamped “sterling” on the underside. No makers mark or hallmarks.
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Vintage 1950s British Georgian Crystal Serveware

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Sterling Silver

Spratling Mexican Mexico Sterling Silver Salt Cellar Set of 2 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Spratling Mexican sterling silver by William Spratling pair of salt cellars. The cellars measure 1 1/4 x 1, and they weigh 1.4 ozt. They are not monogrammed and are in excellent co...
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20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Hexagonal Chinese Silver Salt Cellar, Cumwo, Hong Kong, circa 1890
By Cumwo
Located in London, GB
Hexagonal Chinese silver salt cellar, Cumwo, Hong Kong, circa 1890. Depicting bamboo, Prunus blossom and Chinese Iris. Heavy quality with original clear glass liner.
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Antique 1890s Chinese Chinese Export Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Large Victorian Sterling Silver Turtle with Seashell Salt Cellar, J.E. Caldwell
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Large, Victorian, sterling silver salt cellar (that can be used as a sauce dish or trinkets dish) J.E. Caldwell and Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ca. 1895. Salt cellar is in the f...
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Antique 1890s American Victorian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen, "Acorn" Salt Cellar in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen. "Acorn" salt cellar in sterling silver with blue enamel and salt spoon. Design 62. In very good condition. Stamped. The salt cellar measures 6 x 4 c...
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Very Small George Jensen Silver Salt Cellars, #110, 1915-1930, Denmark
By Georg Jensen
Located in Delft, NL
Very small George Jensen silver salt cellars #110, 1915-1930, Denmark Marked by George Jensen and the Dutch Tax stamp Round handle with 2 balls as feet The round salt tray i...
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Early 20th Century Danish Serving Pieces

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Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Cactus Salt Cellar 'Green Enamel' No. 629 A
By Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen sterling silver cactus salt cellar (Green enamel) no. 629 A and salt spoon diameter 6 cm/2.36", height 3.2 cm/1.25" combined weight approximate 50 gr/1.80 zo Item no.: ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Late 19th Century of Pair of French Silver Salt Cellars
Located in Firenze, IT
Oval form in silver and silver gilt, on four feet, with blue glass liners,length 7.6cm Weight : 124.6gr.
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Antique 1850s French Louis Philippe Sterling Silver

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Silver

Set of 4 George 111 Silver Boat Shaped Salt Cellars, 1793, Solomon Hougham
By Solomon Hougham
Located in London, GB
Set of 4 George 111 silver boat shaped salt cellars, 1793, Solomon Hougham Assayed in London, in a beautiful shape with 4 Bristol blue liners to protect the silver. This thread edg...
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Antique 1790s English George III Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Gorham Sterling Silver-Gilt Salt Cellars, Early 20th Century
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Gorham sterling silver-gilt salt cellars, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Swedish Sterling Silver Plique-a-jour Viking Ship Salt Cellars & Spoons
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of sterling and enameled salt cellars and spoons was made in Sweden in circa 1925 in the Modernist style. The pair of salt cellars are figural Viking longboats which have b...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Cast Figural Pedlar Salt Cellars, London, 1892, A Benson & H.G. Webb
Located in London, GB
These important figural cast Pedlar Salt Cellars were made in London in 1892 by Alfred Benson & Henry Hugh Webb and retailed Hunt & Roskell. As you will see from the images the Salt ...
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Antique 1890s European Victorian Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Swedish Silver and Plique-à-Jour Viking Ship Salt Cellar, Karl Anderson, 1909
By Karl Anderson
Located in London, GB
Swedish silver and plique-à-jour Viking ship salt cellar, with clear glass liner. Made by Karl Anderson of Stockholm in 1909. This see through window pane enamel was very prolific in...
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Antique Early 1900s Swedish Arts and Crafts Sterling Silver

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Silver

Empire Set of Four French Sterling Silver '.950' Footed Open Salt Cellars-Venner
By Isabelle Venner
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Empire, sterling silver (.950), footed open salt cellars with matching spoons and liners, Paris, circa 1900, Isabelle Venner, maker. Each salt cellar is gilded on the ins...
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Antique Early 1900s French Empire Sterling Silver

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Gold, Sterling Silver

Pair of George 111 Silver Salt Cellars, Dated 1764, James Wood of London
Located in London, GB
Pair of George 111 silver salt cellars, dated 1764, James Wood of London The definition of the flame and hoof feet and the gadroon border are nice and sharp. Original gilding insid...
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Antique 1760s English George III Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Bohemian Sterling Silver and Cut Crystal Swan Master Salt Cellar, 19th Century
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A Faberge inspired master salt cellar. A detailed Swan with articulated wings, solid neck, chest, head and a body in clear cut crystal - possibly Swarowski. It is stamped 855 indicat...
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Antique 19th Century European Victorian Sterling Silver

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Crystal, Silver

Mushroom Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellar
By Fratelli Lisi
Located in Milan, IT
Sterling silver salt and pepper shakers shaped like two wild forest mushrooms. Entirely handcrafted by the expert Florentine silversmiths Lisi Brothers, this tableware piece catches ...
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2010s Italian Other Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Mushroom Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellar
  • Mushroom Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellar
  • Mushroom Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellar
  • Mushroom Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellar
H 2.76 in. W 3.94 in. D 2.96 in.
Antique Late Victorian Salt/Pepper Cellars with Blue Glass Liners
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique late Victorian salt/pepper cellars with blue glass liners. Made in England, Birmingham, 1900s Maker: Unidentified (mark partly faded) Fully hallmarked. Approx dimension...
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Antique Early 1900s British Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Modernist Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellars Signed by Patricia von Musulin
By Patricia von Musulin
Located in New York, NY
This stunning set of modernist salt and pepper cellars were realized by the esteemed American designer Patricia Von Musulin. Realized in sterling silver, they offer amorphic ovoid bo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Salt Cellars
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Roman colonnade in the centre holds two nice size cellars that have cobalt liners. The liners are removable, so it’s a breeze to clean. They each have grooves going around the enti...
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Vintage 1980s Israeli Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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H 7 in. Dm 7 in.
Sterling Salt Cellars
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of sterling salt cellars by the Gorham Corporation of Rhode Island. The have lattice work around the entire body and removable green liners to hold the salt. The rich green gl...
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Vintage 1910s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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H 1.5 in. Dm 3.5 in.
Victorian Salt Cellars
Located in Hudson, NY
English sterling silver salt cellars with Engraved "C" on spoon handles. Comes with velvet and satin lined box
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Early 20th Century French Victorian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Victorian Salt Cellars
  • Victorian Salt Cellars
  • Victorian Salt Cellars
  • Victorian Salt Cellars
H 1 in. Dm 2 in.
Sterling Salt Cellar
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A sterling silver salt cellar with a cobalt blue liner. Standing on three balls, it has a latticework pattern. Through the silver, the deep blue of the cobalt pops out. The glass lin...
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Vintage 1930s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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H 1.5 in. Dm 3 in.
Antique Sterling Silver Salt Cellars
Located in Hudson, NY
Whimsical set of 6 sterling silver floral shaped salt cellars. Each comes with a matching spoon with a flower shaped scoop. Charming feet are little floral buds with vines and leaves.
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Early 20th Century English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Salt Cellar with Cobalt Liner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are delighted to offer this sterling silver salt cellar with the original cobalt glass liner. The silver has a reticulated pattern that allows for the blue glass to come through. ...
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Vintage 1930s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique Enameled Sterling Silver Salt Cellars with Spoons
Located in Hudson, NY
Antique set of four enameled European sterling silver salt cellars with spoons (Eight Pieces) in excellent condition. Dimensions: Bowl diameter: 2". Spoon length: 2.5".
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Vintage 1920s Danish Sterling Silver

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Enamel, Sterling Silver

Art Moderne Spratling Sterling & Rosewood Salt Cellars, a Pair
By William Spratling
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1940s Art Moderne pair of rosewood salt cellars with Spratling's signature sterling balls adornment. Each has a sterling 925 marked Taxco miniature spoon for dipping salt or whatever...
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Vintage 1940s Mexican Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Box of 4 French Sterling Salt Cellars and 4 Spoons
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Box of 4 French sterling salt cellars and 4 salt spoons crystal lid and gold for silver cellar. Each salt is a simple bowl with crystal interior lid and decorated with shells and s...
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Antique 1880s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. Silver Salt Cellars from the Hopkins-Searles Service
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
Tiffany & Co. created this beautiful set of four silver salt cellars in a majestic grapevine motif specifically for Mary Frances Hopkins-Searles, the widow of "California railroad ki...
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Antique 19th Century American Other Sterling Silver

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Silver

19th Century Set of Four Sterling Silver Salt Cellars with Spoons
Located in Vista, CA
Late 19th-early 20th century set of sterling silver salt cellars and spoons, French 950 Silver with Minerva mark. Cellars have crystal liners.
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Antique Late 19th Century European More Dining and Entertaining

Pair of George 11 Silver Salt Cellars, Dated 1744, London Assay, David Field
Located in London, GB
Pair of George 11 silver salt cellars, dated 1744, London Assay, David field Heavy quality pair of silver salt cellars by a celebrated London maker of silver condiment containers. Th...
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Antique 1740s English George II Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique by Alvin Sterling Silver Salt Cellar Set 12-Piece with Fitted Case
Located in Big Bend, WI
Antique by Alvin Elegant Antique by Alvin salt cellar set 12-piece in fitted case. This set includes: 6 - Glass salt cellars with silver overlay 6 - Sterling silver salt spoons ...
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20th Century American Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Salt and Pepper Cellars by Tiffany & Co.
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and understated set of salt and pepper cellars were realized by Tiffany & Co.- one of America's most esteemed producers of fine sterling silver objects and jewelry since...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sanborns Mexican Baroque Style Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellar
By Sanborns
Located in New York, NY
Sanborns Mexican Baroque style hammered salt and pepper cellar with incised decorative motif, in the shape of a carrack ship, designed by Walter and Frank Sanborn in Mexico City in t...
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Early 20th Century Mexican Baroque More Dining and Entertaining

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Sterling Silver

Gorham Salt Cellars
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of four salt cellars with cobalt glass liners. Beautiful filigree around the entire body, from beneath the cobalt glass pops out and is very striking. The glass liners make it ...
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Vintage 1910s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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  • Gorham Salt Cellars
H 1.5 in. Dm 2 in.
Cobalt Salt Cellar
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Just look at how beautiful the cobalt glass liner looks against the silver. It practically jumps out at you. Standing on eight tiny legs, this piece is raised off the surface. Shaped...
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Antique 1890s French Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Cobalt Salt Cellar
  • Cobalt Salt Cellar
  • Cobalt Salt Cellar
  • Cobalt Salt Cellar
H 1.5 in. Dm 4 in.
Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Silver Salt Cellars
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
This elaborate pair of sterling silver salt cellars was crafted by Tiffany & Co., one of the most legendary names in American silver. Crafted in the firm's iconic Chrysanthemum patte...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Serving Pieces

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Sterling Silver

Salt Cellar with Ruby Glass Insert
Located in Brooklyn, NY
From beneath the silver a burst of cranberry-red glass pops out, it brings life to this piece. Oval in shape, this salt cellar sits on four legs, thereby raising it off the surface. ...
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Antique Early 1900s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Salt Cellar with Ruby Glass Insert
  • Salt Cellar with Ruby Glass Insert
  • Salt Cellar with Ruby Glass Insert
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H 2 in. W 2.5 in. D 3 in.
Sterling Silver Set of 10 Salt Cellars
By Charles Stuart Harris
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London in 1892 by Charles Stuart Harris, this lovely set of 10 antique, Victorian, sterling silver salt cellars, are in the cauldron style with pretty floral chasing, p...
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Antique 1890s English Victorian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Silver Set of 10 Salt Cellars
  • Sterling Silver Set of 10 Salt Cellars
  • Sterling Silver Set of 10 Salt Cellars
  • Sterling Silver Set of 10 Salt Cellars
H 2.76 in. W 7.88 in. D 5.91 in.
Georg Jensen Acorn, Salt Cellar in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen Acorn, salt cellar in sterling silver. Design 62. In perfect condition. Stamped. 6 cm. in diameter.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

William Spratling Style Sterling Silver and Rosewood Salt Cellars
By William Spratling
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish 1940s, Art Moderne rosewood and sterling silver salt cellars have taken their form and quality of materials from pieces designed by William Spratling. Note: The spoon...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Norwegian Sterling Silver "Viking Ship" Salt Cellar and Spoon
Located in Toronto, ON
Arrrg!For the viking in you!.... A set of three sterling silver salts with glass inserts and complimentary sterling spoon.
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20th Century Norwegian Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Silver Pepper and Salt Cellars in the Shape of a Peacock
Located in Delft, NL
Silver pepper and salt cellars in the shape of a peacock A lovely silver with crystal cellars in the shape of a peacock with open feathers with rose motif, including 2 small silve...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Tableware

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Crystal, Silver

Puiforcat Maison Louis Mugnier Geneva Silver Salt Cellars, Late 1800s
Located in CH
This silversmith artist only produced museum-worthy pieces.    
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Antique 1880s French Napoleon III Sterling Silver

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Silver

Georg Jensen, Acorn, Salt Cellar in Sterling Silver with Green Enamel
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen, acorn, salt cellar in sterling silver with green enamel with matching spoon. Design 62. In good condition. Micro chips in the enamel. Stamped. Measures: 5.5...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Set of Six French Silver and Crystal Salt Cellars and Spoons
By Leon Tharon 1
Located in Charleston, SC
This is a lovely set of six salt cellars with their spoons and engraved crystal inserts. The cellars and spoons are marked with the "Minerve" stamp guaranteeing a minimum of 95% silv...
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Antique 1880s Louis XV Sterling Silver

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Crystal, Silver

Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Miniature Bowls or Salt Cellar Pair from 1924
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Tiffany & Co. pair of sterling silver miniature bowls or open salt cellars. The hollowware pattern number is 20336 which date the pieces to 1924. Very good condition, measuring ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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Salt Cellars For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of salt cellars available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, silver and sterling silver, all salt cellars available were constructed with great care. We have 27 antique and vintage salt cellars in-stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Salt cellars have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Georgian salt cellars are consistently popular styles. There have been many well-made salt cellars over the years, but those made by Georg Jensen, Cumwo and Fratelli Lisi are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Salt Cellars?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $854, while they’re typically $285 on the low end and $26,837 highest priced.

Finding the Right Sterling Silver for You

Dining and entertaining changed drastically when we began to set our tables with sterling silver for holiday gatherings, wedding receptions, engagement parties and, in some of today’s homes, everyday meals.

Often called the “Queen of metals,” silver has been universally adored for thousands of years. It is easy to see why it has always been sought after: It is durable, strong and beautiful. (Louis XIV had tables made entirely of silver.) Sterling silver is an alloy that is made of 92.5 percent silver — the “925” stamp that identifies sterling-silver jewelry refers to this number. The other 7.5 percent in sterling silver is typically sourced from copper.

Neoclassical-style sterling-silver goods in Europe gained popularity in the late 18th century — a taste for sterling-silver tableware as well as tea sets had taken shape — while in the United States, beginning in the 19th century, preparing the dinner table with sterling-silver flatware had become somewhat of a standard practice. Indeed, owning lots of silver goods during the Victorian era was a big deal. Back then, displaying fine silver at home was a status symbol for middle-class American families. And this domestic silver craze meant great profitability for legendary silversmith manufacturers such as Reed & Barton, Gorham Manufacturing Company and the International Silver Company, which was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898, a major hub of silver manufacturing nicknamed “Silver City.”

Today, special occasions might call for ceremonial silver designed by Tiffany & Co. or the seductive sterling-silver cutlery from remarkable Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, but there really doesn’t have to be an event on the calendar to trot out your finest tableware.

Event- and wedding-planning company maestro Tara Guérard says that some “investment pieces,” such as this widely enamored alloy, should see everyday use, and we’re inclined to agree.

“Sterling-silver flatware is a must-have that you can use every single day, even to eat cereal,” she says. “Personally, I want a sterling-silver goblet set for 12 to 20; I would use them every time I had a dinner party. Ultimately, there are no criteria for buying vintage pieces: Buy what you love, and make it work.”

Whether you’re thinking “ceremonial” or “cereal,” browse a versatile collection of vintage, new and antique sterling-silver wares on 1stDibs today.

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