Based on an antique in Colonial Williamsburg's collection, this salt box is still as useful today to keep small objects handy as it is decorative. Originally, salt boxes were placed by fireplaces to keep salt dry. Solid mahogany with brass knob. Our salt boxes measure 10"l x 7"w x 10"h.
Salt boxes were an essential part of life in early North America. Salt lumps were pounded with a mortar and pestle to make it ready for use in the kitchen. Salt was important for preserving food as well as cooking it, and salt boxes made storing it easy.