Beautifully and artistically painted, yet distinctly primitive, this charming salt and pepper shaker set starts the imagination working. Was it designed by a devoted mother who gave up a budding art career for her family? Whatever the backstory, it certainly appears that this unusual set was not produced commercially. The intense colors are painted over plain metal shakers – they appear to be brass – and numerous small chips as well as a 1/4″ bare spot attest to a vintage condition. Although the shakers can be used, the paint is very delicate, and I would recommend extreme care. No vigorous washing or grasping by tiny hands – in fact, to keep these little works of art safe, it would be best to use them as decoration only.