This wonderful handmade pair of salt cellars were produced in Germany during the late 18th century, circa 1790 to 1810 from opaque white glass called milch glas. This particular type of glass was specific to Northern Europe during the 18th century, it created a translucent yet opaque white glass with a bluey/orange iridescence when held to the light. One can imagine this pretty pair full of salt as part of an 18th century dining extravaganza with candelabra, sparkling silver cutlery and shimmering glassware. In fact such small items of milch glas were often given as wedding gifts at this time.
The exterior is decorated with gilded rims with charming hand enameled floral scenes featuring a large pink rose as the centerpiece. To the reverse we see two hand enameled 18th century ladies dressed in circa 1790s fashions.
This pair of salts display excellently and have a myriad of storage uses. Additional items shown in our final image are sold separately.
Measuring: width 3 inch (7.5 cm) by height 1.5 inch (4 cm). Depth 2 inch (5 cm).
Condition: Very good considering that they are 220 plus years old, manufactured just after the American revolution!! There is some wear to the enamel face on one of the salts. There is a 0.75 inch hairline to the rim and a minor 1 inch hairline to one of the edges of the base of one of the salts, both minor and stable. There is some wear to the gilded rim. The remaining salt has some minor wear to the gilded rim.
This is a quality pair of salts; it’s so rare to have a complete set.
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