The Fostoria Glass Company made several different types of Salt and Pepper Shakers in the American pattern. The Shakers shown here are slightly tapered in design, with metal tops. Smaller shaker variations were referred to as Individual Shakers – perfect to sit by each individual place setting. Regular-sized shakers (shown here) were larger and more appropriate for the entire table. These Salt and Pepper Shakers are approximately 3½” tall.
Over the years, the tops to these shakers changed slightly. The older versions were commonly made in heavy nickel and/or plated, and are often referred to as “H.N.T.” (Heavy Nickel Top). Tops with a silver finish were also made. The final version of the tops were lighter in weight and had a chrome finish.
I like to use vintage Fostoria salt and pepper shakers for another use, in addition to just serving salt and pepper. For those shakers that have lost some of their luster, or perhaps have a ding or two in their finish … I love to use them as little flower vases. They look brilliant (and darling) sitting on a windowsill, or on a dinner table by each guest’s place setting.
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