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" x 1 7/8" x 2 ¼" at ends. Weight by pair: 56 grams and 48 grams (without liners). One pair of liners is lighter in colour. One liner is chipped slightly along rim.