Posted 4 years ago
As most know, the shakers we all collect and love come in many varities and decorations. Some of the decorations found indicate exactly what the bottles are used for. There are a number of shakers that are decorated with a stylized “S” and “P”. Some are part of the mould and some are applied.
I have found a number of them over the years, some common and some not so common. Most are on white opalware usually applied, but some are not such as the Challinor Taylor “Square” shakers, which are part of the mould. They were produced in many colors both solid and slag variations.
Most of these shakers I can identify but there are some I can’t. The most interesting pair that I cant identify are the black amethyst six sided shakers with a heavy white enamel stylized “S” and “P” along with some additional decoration on some of the other panels. I found this pair in a small antique mall off the interstate in West Virginia this past summer. They are heavy pressed glass and light barely pass through them.
Another shaker that is rare is the Wavecrest shaker with the word “Salt” applied on it. This shaker is heavily decorated complete with a butterfly and it is marked (etched) Wavecrest on the bottom that is very hard to see. I would love to hear from anyone who may have the matching “Pepper” to it.
Some of the others pictured are a bit more common to find out there such as New Martinsville’s Curved Body shape and a Creased Neck set with the identical decoration and I would suspect also made by New Martinsville. I would suspect that others are out there and may turn up attributed to many manufacturers.
Many of the designs are similar in design and resemble an assembly of twigs that construct the “S” and “P” letters, a popular design of the Victorian period.
I have yet to see a sugar shaker or mustard jar with lettering representing its contents but it certainly does not mean they do not exist.