Pair of Vintage/Antique Russian I-Ommet open salt cellar with spoons and original insets. Made of melchior which is a copper/nickel alloy which was developed by the Russians as a substitute for silver. There are no chips or cracks to the glass liner. They are in excellent condition for their age. Salt cellars and spoons stamped with “I-Ommet” (marked with the name of the maker I-OMMET which was the mark of the metalworking center of the Mstera Jewellers). ORIGIN: Soviet Era Russian Circa 1940-1950’s. This is a mid-20th century salt from the USSR; I-OMMET (pronounced ‘yummet’) appears to be the name of the metal-working centre that produced it; it was sold by Mstera Jewellers, primarily as a tourist item. The metal is melchior, an alloy developped in Russia to mimic silver, which it does very well, often even fooling experts. Very unusual to find them as a pair.