A fabulous set of four hand-pierced open salt cellars. Marks for "IMD" (conjoined) for John MacDonald, thistle for Edinburgh, and the duty head. They date from the late 18th to early 19th century. The inner gilt was applied later. The cellars are boat-shaped and each has a double bank of vertically-pierced pales and a "woven" rim. Each base is open and stands on four reeded legs. 3 3/8 inches by 1 7/8 inches by 2 ¼ inches at ends. Weight by pair: 56 grams and 48 grams (without liners). The original glass in one pair of liners is slightly lighter in colour. One liner has a minor chip along rim.
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