This all makes sense Anne. These saltboxes in Eastern
Europe were very decorative, in England I think plainer
and more Jacobean style.
I mentioned the loaves because I was told that people
would just scrape off the salt as needed (perhaps then
put in these wooden salt boxes for use beside the
fire for cooking and of course for keeping dry. I was
given a copper salt saw used to saw chunks off these large
loaves. This family heirloom was given me from a friends
Pennsylvia farm estate (so from the source).
On 10/26/01 3:55 AM Anne Brundle writes:
>In the "Polish farmhouse" thread I suggested that niches by the
>fireplace were used in Orkney to keep tobacco or salt but I find I
>was wrong about the salt.
>I checked with my aunt (born c. 1923), and she said niches beside
>the fireplace might be used for tobacco and the Bible, but salt was
>always in a lidded wooden box hung on the wall by the fire, as I
>think you were describing. I had thought salt was sometimes in a box
>or pot in the niche but she said the climate in Orkney was too damp,
>and it was also safer from mice in a hanging box. She suggested
>(rightly) that my original wrong information was a theory by someone
>with no practical experience of living in an old house.
> Anne Brundle * Orkney Islands Council
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