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Look at my treasure!

Cheryl-Anne Millsap

In the 1970s, whenever she visited a new place, Phoebe Hruska, of Coeur d’Alene, started looking through antique shops for the little dishes known as “open salts” or small “salt cellars.”

“I had an aunt who collected them at the time,” Hruska said. “And whenever I found one for her, and there was a pair, I bought one for myself.”

Open salts came into use in Victorian times before salt was readily available in granulated form, and replaced the larger containers known as salt cellars.

Today, Hruska estimates she has more than 200 pieces in her collection. She displays them around her home.

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