About Open Salt
Saying you are "the salt of the earth" is a great compliment, as it reflects the high value placed on salt in Biblical times. Later on, during the Middle Ages, a man was valued according to his open salt dish, as designs became more elaborate and ornamental; it may be hard to believe, but a salt dish was a man's status symbol back then. The introduction of salt shakers using free-flowing salt led to the decline of open salts but, being often crafted from sterling silver or crystal, these receptacles became desirable collectibles for their decorative and monetary value. Browse through the large selection of salt dips offered by reliable sellers on eBay, including beautiful antique open salts from the Victorian era, fine hand-painted porcelain exhibits from Japan, and exquisite salt dips crafted from European crystal. Some dishes include a sterling-silver serving spoon that adds to their charm. Pedestal open salts possess their own elegant appeal, often resembling wine glasses with a wide foot and stem; these open salt dishes are also available in a range of lovely designs and fine materials. Whichever collectible you choose, it will be "worth its salt."