Let’s Compare Shakers

What looks like an Eva Zeisel Town & Country Red Wing shaker, but is not? A Vernon Kilns San Marino similarly-shaped one.

The Red Wing line, designed by Zeisel in 1946, featured amorphous and free-form-based shapes.

Vernon Kilns San Marino shapes were designed in 1947 following in the footsteps of Zeisel’s success. Advertised as a “gourd” shape, the California Originals Redwood Brown glaze and the Casual California Mahogany Brown glaze on their shakers could both be mistaken for the rust glaze in Town & Country. However, there are a few obvious differences.

Vernon truncated the top of their shaker and included holes shaped like an “S” or a “P” to distinguish the contents of the identical shape. Zeisel’s shakers were determined by size: the larger for salt, the smaller for pepper. Holes for corks in the bottom were larger on the Vernon examples, and Eva’s bases feature unglazed bottoms while Vernon chose to glaze the entire shape.

Photographs include a bronze Zeisel salt shaker, a rust Zeisel pepper, and a redwood brown Vernon pepper shaker. The Vernon example appears more burgundy than brown. Dimensions are as follows:

Zeisal SaltVernon S/PZeisal Pepper