Vintage Salt Keepers

Decorating your kitchen items, you should keep your salt in a covered container or salt pig. Besides making it easier to salt your cooking, it’s also a much prettier way to store your salt. Vintage eras have the quality and style in many products produced for the home and kitchen. Vintage salt keepers are often made of wood and can hold any type of salt, including sea salt and kosher salt. They are used to keep salt clean and dry, as well as add decor to the kitchen.

Salt is a corrosive agent that must be placed in an abrasion-proof container of ceramic, wood, acrylic, or glass. To prevent corrosion the interiors of silver salt keepers are gilded.

While a decorative salt keeper can be a visual enhancement for the kitchen, it also has another function. A salt keeper can be a helpful tool for a professional chef or someone preparing a meal for themselves.


Ceramic salt boxes, lidded to keep moisture and foreign materials out, are a stylish way to keep your salt close at hand. Hanging salt boxes used to be taken for granted in kitchens throughout northern Europe and colonial America. There they were, on the wall next to where you cooked.

The salt keeper was full of meaning, over and above its practical importance. It was a symbol of hospitality in Germany, and suggested a well-run and comfortable home in Britain and Ireland too. Like salt itself the box might not be noticeable, and yet it was essential for cooking.

In cool weather salt absorbs moisture from the air. Cooks in colder places used to help it stay dry by keeping it near the fire or stove, in an airy place (hanging on the wall kept it away from damp) or covered – though not all salt boxes had a lid.

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Vintage German Ceramic and Wood Salt Box, vintage item from the 1940s


Salt Pig in Turquoise, $20 from Page Pottery


Antique 1843 American Pewter Salt Box


Wooden salt keeper with spoon


Vintage Enamel Sel Salt Box

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