Recently, I was checking out wall-mounted salt boxes at a local vintage cookware store. I had never seen them before but quickly decided I needed one. From what I’ve learned since, they are all basically the same thing: a smallish box (glass, ceramic, wood, metal) with a lid (most likely wooden); the whole thing screws into the wall to hold salt. I didn’t want to spend $30 to $50, so I looked on eBay and ended up scoring one for $7.99. The box I bought was made by Ditmar-Urbach in Czechoslovakia sometime between 1919 and 1938.
There’s not a lot of information out there about salt boxes, other than the fact that they were commonplace in homes before salt was sold in shakers. I’m going to put this one up next to my stove so I can grab the amount of salt I want by feel while cooking; it’s also going to be nice to be able to stick a measuring spoon right into it.
Look for them on eBay, vintage stores, and flea markets; prices vary, but hold out for a deal.