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Salt and pepper shakers are a good way to capture memories.

23 May

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the history of Salt and Pepper Shakers?

I personally had never really considered the history behind them, as mentioned several times in my blog I have become a collector by chance, admiring the novelty of the S&P shakers more so than anything! However, today I came across a site called http://kimmykay.tripod.com and a page about the history of salt and pepper shakers on Kim’s salt and pepper shaker’s page!

If you’re interested in their history read on (you may be surprised!),  I personally related to the line “Salt and pepper shakers are a good way to capture memories”! So true, every s&p shaker I own has a story connected to it!

History of Salt and Pepper Shakers

Salt and Pepper Shakers have a long and rich history. Before salt and pepper shakers as we know them today, people in the Victorian era placed their salt in open cellers. Salt came in rock form, and it had to be chipped off to be put on food. 

Early salt shakers were actually salt mills. They contained a piece inside the shaker that broke the salt into pieces. This feature may also be found in some salt shakers now.

As salt production improved, salt shakers no longer needed the arm to break the salt up. Salt shakers began to take their more modern form.

The production of salt and pepper shakers really took off in the 1940’s with the birth of modern ceramics. It became easier to make shakers in a variety of shapes and designs. The market for souvenir shakers and novelty shakers grew with the capacity to produce such items affordably.

Today, salt and pepper shakers can be found in nearly every conceivable shape and size. They are made in a variety of materials including wood, metal, ceramics, glass, and plastics.

History of Collecting

It is believed that for as long as there have been shakers, there have been collectors. However, it was not a popular item to collect until the birth of ceramics. With the advent of ceramics, shakers became more available and more varied. The number of novelty and souvenir shakers exploded, and with that explosion came an explosion in collectors. 

The internet has changed collecting shakers, as well. Now people all over the world have access to shakers that previously could only be found in particular regions.

Why Collect?

There are a number of reasons that people start collecting. Some buy a set and can’t stop! Others inherit another’s collection and decide to add to it. However you start your collection, there are a number of good reasons to collect. 

*Salt and Pepper shakers are relatively inexpensive to collect. Some sets are quite expensive, but most are between $5 and $50.

*Salt and pepper shakers are a good way to capture memories. There are a large number of souvenir and commemorative shakers available. You can also purchase sets that remind you of people in your life.

*Salt and pepper shakers make you smile! If this is your reason, you are likely too hooked to stop!

*Salt and pepper shaker increase in value over time (as they become more rare). This is not the only reason you should collect!

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Simply S&P

12 Apr

When I first received my s & p letter salt and pepper shakers, I wasn’t enthused! However now I treat them like bookends to my collection framing their fellow S&P’s! Possibly now one of my fave’s ( I think we’re going to need a bigger shelf!)

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The Salt and Pepper Museum!

6 Apr

Wow!! I just came across an amazing place, a Salt and Pepper museum!

” The World’s only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum 

is in Gatlinburg, TN the Gateway to
the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. “

About the museum:

Well, that is a very good question! Let me tell you a little story, which will give you an idea as to why…

The collection began about 25 years ago when we did not have a pepper mill at home, that worked. So off we went on a quest to find the right one. At first we found one or two, then three or four, until it became an entertainment. Soon we found the world of shakers, where the shapes, themes and colors are endless (as you will see).

Now you might be asking who is this “we”. Well, “we” consists of my husband Rolf, my daughter Andrea and my son Alex. My name is Andrea and I am an archaeologist who fell in love with the history found behind salt & pepper shakers.

                    

In the late 1990’s, my son gave me a digital camera for Christmas. Soon I began to take pictures of the salt & pepper shakers I had around the house and the many boxes underneath the house. I would take measurements and careful notes on each pair as part of cataloguing the collection. Once the last box was opened, my husband said, “Enough is enough. I won’t carry one more box, you have to do something with them!” So the seed was planted. What could we do with them? By 2001 we had moved from Central Texas to the Smoky Mountains to open the only Museum of it’s kind in the world! Presently we have over 20,000 pairs of shakers!

One of the main purposes of the museum is to show the changes in a society that can be found represented in shakers. As you walk through the museum you can see the changes from ancient times to the 1500’s, 1800’s, 1920’s, 40’s, 60’s all the way to present time.

Another purpose of the museum is to show the variety and the creativity that can be found in salt and pepper shakers. Who where the people and the artist creative enough to come up with all these amazing different shapes?

The third purpose of the museum is to bring people together. We are all connected to salt & pepper shaker collectors, a grandparent (or other family members), a friend, a co-worker, or a neighbor. And everyone has a memory about a salt & pepper shaker, either from their childhood or later in life.

As you explore the collection you will see the salt & pepper shakers displayed by themes and colors. I have also created little stories (within the displays), which I have found that, those young of heart are able to see and enjoy. Each theme is separated by pepper mills, my husband’s passion in this world of condiment tools. We currently have over 1500 pepper mills from all over the world. Rolf finds the mechanisms fascinating, from simple to complex.

After 25 years of collecting we are happy to share with fellow collectors and visitors the amazing world of Salt & Pepper Shakers! As I always like to say “Keep collecting!”


Celtic football club salt and pepper shakers

30 Mar

20130330-182711.jpg Celtic football club salt and pepper shakers, my oh got these when he was in Scotland at a match! I think these s&p shakers are really unique, would live to know what team you support?

Lovely doggys

28 Mar

How much is that doggie in the window??

I found these little doggie salt and pepper shakers when on holiday in Belamadena, Spain in the summer of 2011, Belamadena is a good seaside resort made even better by the beautiful marina! Worth a visit!

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Welcome to my Wierdly wonderful blog!

28 Mar

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Welcome to the start of my blog!

As you may have noticed already I am a collector of.. Wait for it!! Salt and pepper shakers! Woohoo I hear you say or maybe not!? What I want to create from my blog is a story to share with you, such as a mix of my collectibles and the stories behind them such as who gave them, where in the world did we buy them and share stories of other collectors and famous salt and pepper shakers! yes there are s&p celebrities believe it or not! !

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