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Salt dishes (two of a set of eleven)

United States or Europe



1-7/8 in x 1-7/8 in x 3-3/8 in


Colorless glass

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Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of Mrs. G. Brooks Thayer

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The boat-shaped salt dish is molded to resemble a cut-glass example of c. 1800.  It has a scalloped rim, prism- or geometric-cut sides resembling ornately cut glass, and a star- or ray-cut underside.  The salts were called “nut dishes” by the donor's representative, Harman Hawkins, in a letter to Winterthur curator John Sweeney dated December 5, 1962, in which the writer noted that three more salts would join the set of eight acknowledged by Winterthur.  The term nut dish describes a 20th century use for this kind of object, which otherwise was an outdated form.

Salt dishes .8 and .10 were photographed.