The Bottom Line
- Well organized with interesting introduction
- Poor photographs of some clear glass or crystal shakers
- Only some of the major pottery companies are represented.
- 270 pages with abbreviated descriptions
- Full color pictures
- Current book values
- Author: Mark F. Moran
Publisher: Krause Publications
ISBN Number: 978-0-89689-636-9
Retail Price: $19.99
Guide Review - Antique Trader's Salt and Pepper Shaker Price Guide
Fakes and reproductions are a serious problem in the collectibles world and there is a three-page article on this topic by Mark Chervenka, which includes pictures and good explanations.
I have a pair of vintage wooden Salt and Pepper shakers, and one disappointment was that there were no wooden shakers included in this book. Another disappointment was that many of the major pottery companies, such as Hull, included salt shakers as “go withs” to match a major piece such as a cookie jar. None of these seemed to be shown in this book. The front cover shows two Hawaiian pineapple shakers. This lead me to think that possibly companies like Treasure Craft, who made so many collectible shakers, would have some of their Hawaiian shakers in this book, but I found no shakers from Treasure Craft.
All of the pictures are shown on a light gray background, which works for the colorful pottery pieces, but many of the clear glass or crystal pieces shot on this background literally fade out.
The forward of this book indicated that all but a few of the shakers in this book came from a single collection from two owners. There is no problem with that unless the collectors do not have the full scope of shakers that are available, such as the wooden variety. This may mislead a new collector to think that what they collect is the only representation of these collectibles.
I would recommend this book to a collector with the comment that they should be aware there were many more types of shakers and more companies that made some very fun and interesting pieces that would be worth collecting, and this was just a representation of the taste of two private collectors.