Nowadays it's hard to imagine anything about salt being complicated, but consider this:
Until the 1930's (when the process of coating salt was developed), there was no way to keep salt from absorbing moisture and turning rock-hard. So the head of a household would have the job of crushing big lumps of salt into manageable grains and giving a small portion to each person at the table. Each person had an individual salt 'cellar' with a salt spoon, like this one, to sprinkle the salt onto their food.
And being part of the the table service, the salt utensils were often very decorative, as this spoon is embellished with the Claddagh symbol.
Here, the Claddagh works well to visually balance the bowl at the other end. A triquetra or trinity knot is also woven into the arms and tops off the Claddagh, and the spoon is given an overall vintage look with antique blacking.
- Material: Solid sterling silver
- Finish: Polished, with antique accenting
- Almost 2-3/8 inch long x 1/2 inch wide (26 x 3mm)
- Item number: wh377