17th Century OrnamentsPage 1
Items of silver and pewter, such as dishes, bowls, spoons, cups and salts (these were receptacles for serving salt at table) were both displayed and used as part of the dining equipment. They were clear signs of wealth as well as a relatively secure investment.
Detail from 'The Life and Death of Sir Henry Unton', artist unknown, c.1596; oil on panel.
© National Portrait Gallery, London