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A Group of Floral Open Salts and Toothpick Holders,

Stourbridge, West Midlands, England,

circa 1860-1890.

silver plated mounts (where appropriate)

To enquire the salts are numbered clockwise from the top blue flower 1-8.

Central pale blue flower No 9 Red Bud No 10.

With the emerging middle class the Victorians liked to entertain 'at table.' They began to buy various desirable adornments such as candelabra, centrepieces and fruit stands. One item which every Victorian hostess liked to place before her guests was a silver/silver plated open salt.

The problem with this was that the salt corroded and pitted the silver/ silver plate, and so Bristol blue glass liners were fitted which were easy to remove and wash, thus protecting the silver, and putting 'colour' on the table. As Stourbridge emerged as a centre of excellence for various coloured glass suppliers, there seemed a perfect opportunity to provide open glass salts in a variety of colours. Such is the variety of colours and fittings that today collectors can find examples to suit every pocket with very little fear of repetition.

 

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