References for research
eBay - OK, laugh if you must, but without eBay, the research for this website would have taken much, much longer. The advantage of eBay has been the volume and variety of viking ship salt cellars that can be found there. However, there are several points to remember when using eBay as a resource:
5,000 Open Salts A Collector's Guide by William Heacock and Patricia Johnson. Original copyright 1982, reprinted 1995 (and possibly also 1998). Published by:
The Glass Press, Inc.
DBA Antique Publications
PO Box 553
Marietta, Ohio 45750
Two addendums have also been published, 1996-97 Rarity and Price Guide and 2002-03 Rarity and Price Guide. Although this book contains only 16 different viking ship style salt cellars, it's still a good reference. The prices and availability information may be somewhat outdated, as internet and online auction sites such as eBay have changed collecting a great deal. One drawback of H&J is sometimes indistinct pictures, and lack of detailed information, especially on makers marks.
Open Salts Info - information about open salt cellars of all kinds, with some good reference links, information about clubs for salt cellar collectors, and more.
Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Maker's Marks - this is an excellent resource, with silver marks from all over the world, and a discussion forum for further research questions.