One of the more elaborate category's in these early salts is the Boat or ship These salts are all rare comparatively and were made in Boston at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company,The New England Glass Company,and in the Pittsburgh factory's of John Robinson's Stourbridge Flint Glass works and the Bakewell and Page Glass Factory.
The first boat salt in my collection is the Neal listed BT-2 in Clear glass. This salt dish is listed as Rare and is a tough one to find. This ship design was manufactured at John Robinson's Stourbridge Flint Glass Works near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania early between 1825 and 1830.
A look inside of the hull of the boat shows a sticker that this boat salt was once part of the very famous glass collector William Elsholz's collection.
This next salt is the BT-8 Clear in color and listed as Scarce by Neal. There is the word Lafayette (misspelled as Lafayete) around the paddle wheel on each side of the ship. In the bottom the word Sandwich is centered in the hull. This salt dish was made at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. It was produced in many colors ranging from clear to Blue,Light Blue,Dark Blue,Cobalt Blue,Opalescent blue,Oplaescent,Opaque White,Violet blue,purple blue,Opaque purple blue,peacock green,Translucent Violet Blue,Opalescent Purple Blue and Opaque Violet. This ship was made to commemorate the Visit of General Lafayette to the United Staes between his arrival in 1826 to a few years after around 1835.