Salt and pepper collections… social anthropology or wacky obsession?

25 May

So the next time you see a museum that’s full of the weird and wonderful, don’t immediately think, “What on earth is someone collecting this lot for?” because it might be yet another delve into social anthropology and not someone’s bizarre obsession – but there again, it just might!

 

I recently read an article on salt and pepper shaker collectors http://derekworkman.wordpress.com/alicante-province-2/guadelest-salt-and-pepper-shaker-museum/

The blog discussed whether collecting was social anthropology or just another wacky obsession?

There’s almost nothing invested that hasn’t been recreated as a salt and pepper shaker and many reflect the colours and ideas of the time they were created. 

 

For example, a cooker from the 1940’s will look totally different from the cookers of the 1990’s, and it’s through using these differences and the materials they were made of that we can get an idea of how people lived at any given time.”

 

This made me think how would you categorise a collection of salt and pepper shakers? By age, colour,style, subject matter or design? And whether a collection is social anthropology or another wacky obsession really cannot be answered, ultimately the owner and viewer will decide for themselves… whether they tell you the truth or not is another story!Image

 

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