These dressed up birds salt and pepper shakers are 'puttin' on the Ritz' in their formal attire! He wears a top hat, bow tie, collar and cane, and she wears a hat and carries a handbag.
This pair of shakers is special because they mark the very beginning of figural shaker production for the mass market. In the Victorian Era (1837-1901) table salt was placed in salt mills or in open cellars. In the 1930's the use of chalk was common during the Great Depression because it was inexpensive to produce. The evolution of modern ceramics in the 1940's made the production of figural salt and pepper shakers easier and their popularity took off.
Early chalkware can be difficult to find unblemished. Made of chalk, these shakers bridge the gap between the Victorian and the Modern. They stand 2 5/8" (6.7 cm) h. and 2 1/8" (5.4 cm) h. These two both have paint loss, she more than he. This condition is reflected in our price. But they're both still cute, with plenty of personality! Circa 1930's. They are unmarked. (#4588B-N)
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