Sel is French for Salt. Sels or salt boxes were hung on the wall near the stove or could sit on a shelf on or near the stove where they were convienient for adding a "pinch of salt" while cooking. Salt boxes come in a variety of colors and patterns and as such make colorful and attractive accents to hang on a wall or sit on a counter. Many of them match other pieces such as Utensil racks, Alluminettes and canisters. Lettering styles also varied so a grouping of similarly colored Sels would also make an interesting collection and display.