Glass Kitchen Shakers 1930-190s Identification & Value Guide.
Gene and Cathy Florence
9781574323894, $19.95, Paperback: 160 pages
Florences' GLASS KITCHEN SHAKERS 1930-1950s Identification & Value Guide is a useful, handy edition usable by novice and long time collectors alike.
While some collectors of Depression Era Kitchen Glassware gather only Shakers, others of us have a few shakers and collect other items as well.
Cover is beautiful, filled with a diversity of shaker examples. Table of Contents includes Acknowledgments, discussion of Salt and Pepper (Shakers) and Preface before naming Company specific pages detailing types of shakers produced and shown in this particular edition.
Included in the Preface the Florences, Gene and Cathy, indicated 'This book is useful for those who know little about shakers as well as those who know more than we do. It is organized by company, shapes, and patterns; it is as structured as we could make it, and hopefully informal enough to be enjoyable. There is no one way to collect shakers. Gather those you like!
Anchor Hocking /Hocking Glass Corporation pages show photo examples of fired on colors on a basic shape model, and down on the right is an example of the Salt & Pepper shakers used on our table during my childhood! The tulip graced lids and clear glass containers, Philco, bring back happy memories.
Some shakers have lettering indicating usage, Salt, Pepper, Flour, Spice, Sugar, etc. Shakers are found in a broad variety of container colors blue, black, yellow, clear.
Some sets were used on the stove top, Salt and Peppers are larger than those intended for table usage, and often have a covered Drippings container.
I always enjoy seeing images of actual catalog pages, the first in this Anchor Hocking section shows bowls, covered refrigerator bowls and an 8 piece pantry set with large canisters and smaller essential shakers.
Page 22 brought a smile to my lips as I viewed a catalog page from 1951, Fire King, an Anchor Hocking brand, large 41/4" Salt and Pepper, and 16 oz canister, ivory with tulip lids, a prize given by our local grocery store and won by my mother was used by our family for years. She stored sugar in the large canister.
Dutch motifs appear on many of the shakers found at Depression glass shows, estate sales and jumble shops, I have several of the smaller sized ones. Bartlett Collins was one company offering the Dutch motif.
Collectors Gene and Cathy Florence indicate 'Confusion still exists between the square shakers of McKee and those of Hazel-Atlas. Hazel-Atlas square shakers have a distinct sharp edge down the corners whereas, McKee shakers have less sharp, more round edges. The screw threads on top of Hazel-Atlas shakers are immediately on top of the squared design, but McKee shakers have a round shoulder before the threads are encountered.'
Along with lettering found on some Hazel Atlas shakers this is one company to include a stylized Colonial Couple for those who like motif decor. Hazel-Atlas is another of the companies offering Dutch motif shakers.
Because I have Dutch heritage; I have limited my own collection to those featuring Dutch motif.
I found the Hazel-Atlas catalog image filled with Restaurant and Institution ware especially interesting.
Jeanette Glass Company in addition to their line of kitchen shakers offered in a variety of colors and motif also offered Bath Shakers with lettering indicating Bicarbonate Soda, Boric Acid, Epsom Salts, Mouth Wash and the like.
McKee Glass Company decorated some of their shakers as well as others to be decorated by others. McKee decor showcased in this edition show patriotic motif pieces, as well as ships, bi centennial George and Martha Washington, a hand-painted Colonial lady, Barn Yard.
Several pages are devoted to McKee pieces decorated by Tipp.
Owens-Illinois Glass Company pages are filled with motif shakers, colonial, Dutch, Mexico, along with square glass shakers with glued labels.
Sneath Glass Company shakers were often found in Kitchen cabinets of the 1930s and 1940s. The cabinets were commonly known as Hoosier cabinets and the canisters as Hoosier shakers.
Tipp Novelty Company is first mentioned in the McKee section, this was a company that apparently produced decorations to place on plain shakers produced by McKee and other glass companies. Some of the motifs attributed to Tipp, and found, in this edition, are Rooster, Black Leaf Flower, Basket, Cattails, Cherries, Flowers, Dutch Dancers, Produce Basket, and Watering Can Lady.
A section found at the end of the book entitled Unidentified, includes several types of Dutch motif, Musketeers, Herbs, some with decals, various Sugar Shakers, and lastly Late Arrivals with a 1941 catalog page from Anchor Hocking, and a page showing various shakers.
I found handy the page labeled Conditions of Shakers; the authors display a number of shakers from excellent condition to very poor.
A two page spread with more Florence titles and a full page show casing Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide round out the book.
I find Florences' GLASS KITCHEN SHAKERS 1930-1950s Identification & Value Guide showcasing 1,000+ glass kitchen shakers, including sugar shakers, pictured in this volume of catalog image pages and full-color photographs to be a bang-up reference work useful for novice and experienced collector alike, and, perchance for dealers too.
The book, as are others by this collector author team, is well-written; in depth text is presented in lucid comprehensible prose. The detailed material present provides much content regarding kitchen, table top and cabinet shakers, as well as explaining, range/stove sets.
Photographs and period catalog images are distinct, attractive and detailed making them helpful for distinguishing shakers and the companies producing them. I appreciate the sharp images, and, perceptivity regarding availability and potential values of these attractive shakers. Specific dates of production are not included; that is not a problem for me, 1930s 1950s is close enough for me, I realize it may not be so for dealers
Gene Florence, is likely the most recognized authority today regarding glassware. I trust his authoritative guide as I add to my collection of Depression Era Kitchen items.
I find catalog identification of shaker names along with the manufacturing company, to be especially helpful. Companies featured mention well known names for most Depression Era collectors; Hazel Atlas, Anchor Hocking, Jeannette, McKee, Owens-Illinois, and lesser recognized perhaps, Tipp City Decorations.
While author Florence adds potential sales values, it is always wise to understand that value of any collectible is only what a potential buyer is actually willing to spend should you purchase with hope to resell at a profit.
This book may well stir happy memories, as it did for me when I viewed pieces my mother used during my childhood, and may make a nice gift for special mom, aunt and grandmother who lived during the 30s, 40s and 50, whether they collect or not.
Happy to recommend Florences' GLASS KITCHEN SHAKERS 1930-1950s Identification & Value Guide for collector bookshelf, public library inclusion and possibly for nursing home and assisted living setting to spark reminisce discussion.