Antique EAPG Master Salt, Salt Dip, New Martinsville, Arrowhead in Oval, Salt Cellar
A gorgeous antique EAPG (Early American Pressed Glass) master salt (salt dip) by New Martinsville. The bowl's pattern is called Arrowhead in Oval and consists of a star and oval pattern. A salt cellar (also called a salt, saltbox and a salt pig) is an article of tableware for holding and dispensing salt. Salt cellars can be either lidded or open, and are found in a wide range of sizes, from large, shared vessels to small individual dishes. Styles range from simple to ornate or whimsical, using materials including glass and ceramic, metals, ivory and wood, and plastic. A master salt is a large receptacle from which the smaller salt cellars are filled or can be shared by a group of diners sitting near each other. Use of salt cellars is documented as early as ancient Rome. They continued to be used through the first half of the 20th century; however, usage began to decline with the introduction of free-flowing salt in 1911, and at long last they have almost been entirely replaced by saltshakers. But they are making a comeback into our modern world by bringing back a bit of nostalgia and elegance while dining. This would make a great collectible and a wonderful gift.
Other uses for this would be as a small jelly or jam bowl. A small sauce bowl for soy sauce or such. Even as a mini sugar bowl for one.
The New Martinsville Glass Company was founded in 1901 in New Martinsville, West Virginia. The company initially made most of its money from pressed glass patterns. In 1905, the company began adding gold paint and ruby stain to their work. In 1938, the company was sold to people associated with Silver City Glass Company of Meriden, Connecticut. The plant reopened for a short time. In June of 1944, the stockholders formed Viking Glass Company dropping the New Martinsville name.
2½ inches in height
3½ inches in diameter
This antique bowl is in very good condition. It does have flea bite chips on its foot from being loved and used over the years. There are no cracks. It is approx. 115 years old.
One of the many ways to tell original old glassware is to check it under a black light. If it is old, it will fluoresce a lime green color. This item has been checked and does.
This would make a great holiday or special occasion gift.
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