Early Masonic Colonial Salt Box

  This is an early Colonial salt box made out of horn and scrimshaw etched on all sides, top and bottom. These small horn salt boxes were carried in the leather hunting pouches by all frontiersmen and Indians. They date back to the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War period. They were used to flavor the rabbit, grouse, turkey or piece of venison cooked over the camp fire. This one has Masonic symbolism on all sides of the horn box.  There is even a Past Masters emblem beautifully done.  What makes this salt box so unusual is that a piece of bone is screwed into the filler hole. Truly a beautiful piece of folk art. It is 2 1/2" long -2 1/2" high and 1" wide. The top and bottom is pegged on with wooden pegs.

 

         

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