When our family eat dinner there are no salt shakers on the table. My boys would love to douse their already seasoned food with salt, so for health reasons, only pepper makes an appearance.
That doesn’t mean though, that I can’t appreciate kitschy salt and pepper shakers. A couple of lovely owl shakers live on my painting table, after their rescue from a charity shop shelf. I think they are quite old, underneath is a made in Taiwan label. Interestingly the brown owl has holes on his sides as well as the top of his head. Perhaps to suit left and right handers?
I wonder who first came up with the idea of novelty animal and bird salt and pepper shakers? I was going to write that I hadn’t seen many people, car or bicycle shakers, but a quick image search revealed such masterpieces of novelty as:pipe shakers, cottage shakers, beer Stein shakers, corn cob shakers, bus shakers, ice-cream cone shakers, acorn shakers, tap dancing peanuts complete with top hat and cane shakers, people of all types shakers, mushroom shakers, telephone shakers, naked lady shakers, lawn mower shakers and my personal favourite, half peeled bananas wearing hats and playing the drums shakers. Who knew?