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.