Or more accurately, it’s a table salt with multiple small drawers that was created back around 1630 and is part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Traditionally, I’m not much of a “jewel guy”, but these things were pretty amazing – definitely worth a look if you’re in the area. According to one bit info I found online, the phrase where you say someone is “worth their weight in gold” actually refers to this particular piece, and the expression of being “worth one’s salt” had to do with how close you sat to this item at the dining table. I have no idea if that’s actually true or not, but apparently it is encrusted with 73 precious gems, and cost £700 at the time, which would be the equivalent of £750,000 pounds today. And that’s before you add in its value as a cultural and historical artifact.
Anyway, here’s a picture of this royal salt shaker, far more impressive than any 18 inch object that sits on my dining table.