Item Number: #SS-03
Production Dates: 1915-1926 (estimated)
The Fostoria American Shaker, “W” Top (glass disc with a heavy nickel band) is a special find. This particular type of shaker is not common. I rarely see them online, or at estate auctions and antique stores. They are some of the oldest pieces you will ever find in the American pattern and were a pioneering piece in the Fostoria American debut catalog of 1915.
These shakers are large, and have a straight-sided shape. They have an approximate height between 3 – 3¼ inches (with the Top attached). The Top consists of two pieces – the metal band (or ring), and a perforated glass disc. The glass inserts are removable, delicate, and need to be handled with care. The early produced glass discs should have 13 holes. Later variations will have 7 holes.
The Shaker, “W” Top item is quite substantial, both in weight and appearance. As with similar vintage salt shakers, the finish on the metal tops may become worn, flaky, or pitted over the years. Salt is highly corrosive; therefore, it is always advised to empty the shakers when they are not in use.
Since these shakers are over 100 years old, and rather difficult to find … imagine your excitement if you were to stumble across one with a beautiful silver overlay. Well, that is exactly what happened to Dennis and Pat Early. You can read all about their special find here – Shaker, “W” Top – Silver Overlay.
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