52 Prompts in 52 Weeks #4 – Treasure Chest Thursday – Salt and Pepper Shakers

The prompt for this week calls on the Geneabloggers Tribe to feature family heirlooms or objects of emotional significance. We’re not a rich family so don’t expect paintings by famous artists, gem-studded jewelry, or massive pieces of antique furniture to show up here. Just some humble mementos of times gone by and people long gone.

I would like to share with you a pair of salt and pepper shakers. They belonged to William Henry Hunt who served in the Civil War. Even though they are inscribed with “Gettysburg 1863” he purchased these while on a 1908 trip back to Pennsylvania to visit Gettysburg.

King’s Crown salt and pepper shakers once owned by William Henry Hunt

They are the King’s Crown style of vintage glassware with a dark ruby stain to them. There are a few small scratches here and there to the ruby stain but, considering they are now over 100 years old, are still in excellent shape. The screw-on tops are made of pewter and have no dents. It looks like someone opened the holes a bit more (probably the salt shaker) on one of the tops but not to the point of making the top look ratty. The cut glass at the bottom is intact and has no chips.

The salt and pepper shakers were handed down from William’s wife Hannah to their daughter Audrey to her daughter-in-law Beatrice who handed them down to her grand-daughter, Jodi Lynn Strait.


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