Common, Unique and Curious ~ Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers

Common, unique and curious is how I would describe this little collection of eight vintage salt and pepper shakers.   I found them recently at an estate sale.

My daughter convinced me to start a collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers so I am going to share these with her.  They are a great collectible since they are colorful, quirky, inexpensive, and don’t take up a ton of room.

A pair of sitting donkey salt and pepper shakers fit into the quirky category.  They make me want to laugh when I look at them.  Their bottom stamp simply says Japan.

These adorable grey and white cows also from Japan have cork stoppers.  A similar set listed on Etsy is $24.95 which is more than I paid for all eight sets.

A set of googly eyed moose salt and pepper shakers are hysterical.  I couldn’t believe it when I picked them up and their eyes jiggled around.  Also from Japan a similar set on Etsy were $10.00.

The super cute mushroom salt and pepper shakers are from the Gift World of Gorham and made in Japan.

The brown cow salt and pepper shakers carry the Otagiri 1982 trademark.  Otagiri describes a variety of stoneware from Japan that was widely sold in souvenir outlets and department stores on the West Coast from the 1950’s.  In 1980 they registered their trademark in the U.S.  A set from 1981 was $28 on Etsy.

The little squirrels are the cutest salt and pepper shakers I’ve ever seen and are my favorites from this group.  They are also from Japan and have cork stoppers.  One has a repaired ear but who ever fixed it did an excellent job.

Santa’s boots are a set of salt and pepper shakers from 1978 Enesco and made in Japan.


Santa and Mrs. Claus made by Lego in Japan are charming and round out this group quite well.

I noted that two of the sets have cork stoppers.  Does anyone know if this helps date the sets?  Most of the sets I found on Etsy with cork stoppers were 1960 and earlier, but I wonder if that is correct.  If anyone knows, please drop me a line.

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  1. I always thought any with small cork stoppers were vintage, but beyond that I don’t know what era. I love the burros and moose…my faves, but all are adorable Sharon, and great scores!! Starting a collection is fun!

  2. I don’t dare start collecting salt and pepper shakers! Yours are so cute!

  3. I have a friend who ha a collection of over 500!!!!

  4. All of the salt and pepper shakers are so adorable but my favorite pair are the stockings.

  5. I had a cousin who started collecting salt and pepper shakers when she was very young. I’ve often wondered how large her collection was. I also had a friend who collected tomato salt and peppers. I think they are great. So many different ones. They make a great collection.

  6. These salt and pepper sets are so cute. I think you have a good eye. I can never decide to buy them when I see them.

  7. love the black and white cows – my fave!

  8. Tristan Robin Blakeman says:

    Delightful collection! I’ve always enjoyed seeing them – I had a friend who collected novelty salt and pepper shakes for almost 40 years. There must have been several hundred pair. They made quite the impact!
    Thanks for sharing your collection – and Happy Pink Saturday!

  9. SOOOOO CUTE!Love this collection!This week I saw in a virtual auction a pair of giraffes salt and pepper shakes very pretty too. Adorable post!

  10. What an adorable collection! S & P collections always remind me of my sweet grandmother 😉

  11. Adorable. The cows are my favorite of your sets. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

  12. Jann Olson says:

    Some fun shakers! I have an accidental collection as well. I just started picking them up for different seasons and holidays. I have quite a collection now, including a similar set of cows. I’ll have to share mine on my blog some time. One day my 8 year old granddaughter opened a drawer full of them and squealed, “Oh grandma, I love them all! It made my day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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