Pewter Salt Box

Dutch, 1700-1720

Pewter. Take it with a pinch of salt! Salt was so valuable then that soldiers were often paid with it -- hence the word "salary." Here is a heavy gauge mural salt box with hinged lid. The box is decorated with two bands of engraved lines, and the initials M.R., U.R. and C.W.M. Provenance: Marshall Field to Colonial Williamsburg to F&F. Accompanying label calls it "a magnificent specimen, a collector's prize." Very good original condition.

Box: 6-1/4" w x 5" d x 4-1/2" h. Backplate 9-1/4" h.

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