Vintage salt and pepper shakers make a fun addition to any meal and a great conversation piece. There are thousands of sets available, with a vast price range. Collectors should concentrate on a specific theme or it is too easy to become overwhelmed with the selection process. Even single shakers should not be overlooked. You can always mix and match! You could even use them for other finely ground spices.
There are lots of cute collectible shaker sets being manufactured today, so if you're looking for vintage sets, there are a few things to keep in mind. These are some of the criteria I go by when buying vintage salt and pepper sets.
- cork stoppers almost always indicate a vintage piece
- later vintage shakers will have plastic stoppers, but they are usually brittle and browned
- items marked China or Taiwan are usually not vintage
- items marked Japan can be vintage and highly collectible
- vintage sets are often crazed and/or dirty
- vintage sets are often heavier than today's counterparts
- clear glass vintage salt and peppers are sometimes reproduced today, so research on these sets is required
In the end, it all comes down to what you like. If you prefer the newer shakers, by all means, buy them! Remember, someday today's new items will be considered vintage!
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