Books received: Antique Trader Salt & Pepper Shakers

Antique Trader Salt And Pepper Shaker Price Guide by Mark F. Moran: Just because salt and pepper shakers are a mealtime staple doesn’t mean they’re automatically ordinary. In fact, a glimpse inside of the Antique Trader Salt and Pepper Shaker Price Guide will clear up that notion in a hurry.

Whether you favor kitschy figurals, pop-culture plastics, elaborate art-glass pieces or something else in between, you’ll enjoy learning more about these compact collectibles.

antique trader salt and pepper shaker price guideMore than 1,000 shakers by more than 40 makers are showcased in the book’s color photos; descriptors include dimensions and pricing information. The majority of photos feature typical gallery-style shots, which is fine, but it would be nice to see a few more close-ups to show identifying details, like labels and markings. There isn’t an index, but the table of contents at the front of the book provides enough information to get you where you need to go. A special section offers photos, illustrations and hints to help collectors separate the real thing from modern-day reproductions.

This 6-inch by 9-inch guide is a handy size to pack for a day trip to the flea market or antique mall — big enough that you can probably find what you’re looking for, but not so big that you need a wagon to haul it around. The guide is divided into two main sections: form (including muffineers, miniatures, characters and nodders) and makers (including Hazel-Atlas Glass, Holt-Howard, Fenton Art Glass and Federal), which is useful whether you’re collecting shakers from a specific maker or more interested in a certain style or look.

Softcover, 270 pages, $19.99. Krause Publications,