As collectible objects salt and pepper shakers really only took off with great gusto once salt had been broken down from the rock or crystal form which was originally presented in open salt cellars.
Silversmiths have manufactured beautiful trays in many shapes and sizes with ornate to simple designs all the way from the grandiose rectangular serving trays down to the little round wine bottle coaster.
When we speak about antique and vintage silverplate we all seem to have different criteria for what we consider acceptable condition.
Of course Meriden Silverplate like many other American and Standard Silverplate like many other Canadian silverplate companies of the period has value!
The art of fine dining with silver and silverplate accents is centuries old. Old American, Canadian and European tradition still prevails in our modern world of throw-away and disposable society.