Metropolitan Museum of Art Salts


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This is the most commonly found MMA reproduction salt. The "MMA" mark is raised letters on the inside bottom. Any roughness or sanded down spot inside would be an attempt to erase the raised letters. Known only in the canary yellow (vaseline) color shown in original packaging, a bright medium blue and clear. This is a reproduction based on the shape listed as SL-11 through SL-16 in the Neal book. SL stands for Shell. Made in the 1970s for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by The Imperial Glass Corporation, a division of Lenox China, in Bellaire, Ohio.


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MMA Lacy Repro


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Apparently an item in an older MMA catalog. Several have recently surfaced and there are the raised letters "MMA" inside the boat to discern them from the original old ones. Catalog picture was found online.


MMA Yacht


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Pictured below is an actual antique child's miniature of an oval Lacy salt. An identical museum reproduction, again with raised letters "MMA" on the inside bottom was made. Aside from the letters, the reproductions do not have all the sharp jagged mold edges so characteristic of the true Lacy salts. This old one measures 1-7/8" long by 1-1/4" wide by 13/16" high.


Toy Lacy


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This reproduction could easily be mistaken for the old Boston & Sandwich salt. The "MMA" mark is raised letters inside, but as Barlow & Kaiser point out in their book, "A Guide to Sandwich Glass: Blown Tableware, Cup Plates and Salt," it could be ground or sanded down to just a rough spot. This is a reproduction based on the shape listed as OL-15 in the Neal book. OL stands for Oval. The reproductions were made in Portugal of flint glass so the tap and ring is not confirmation of an old one. The old one (pictured right) has rounded diamond top edges where the repro (pictured left) has sharper points, especially the plain smaller diamonds between the larger beaded ones. Repros are only known in clear glass and the original was made in colors in addition to clear glass.


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A very interesting silver pedestal salt cellar with three yellow cabochon stones. The salt is an Arts and Crafts style and was sold in the museum gift shop during the 1930's. International Silver is said to have done a lot of their work during this period. It measures 1-7/8 inches in diameter and 1-1/2 inches in height. It is marked MET in very tiny letters on the bottom of the base toward the edge. This stands for Metropolitan Museum Of Art and their more recent giftware is marked MMA.


Arts and Crafts Salt


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