This example is a very modern fantasy set, not 'vintage.' No glass Planter's Mr. Peanut Salt and Pepper Shakers like this were ever made in any color of glass. Sets like these are available today from wholesale sources in colors other than just cobalt blue.
These shakers were made to suggest to the eye the shape of Planter's well-known plastic Mr. Peanut salt and pepper sets, but since the manufacture of these items was not commissioned by the Planter's Company it is incorrect to describe them as either, 'Planter's' or 'Mr. Peanut' items.
Hoping to find a 'snappy' and appropriate company logo, the Planter's Peanuts Company conducted a promotional contest in 1916. A young boy presented a drawing of an anthropomorphic peanut, complete with face, arms and legs, and won the contest. Later a commercial artist added more human features to the boy's winning peanut man to complete the urbane and civilized appearance that we know so well today. The resulting dapper figure with top hat, cane, spats, and monocle was officially dubbed, 'Mr. Peanut.'
Fakes, fantasy and reproduction items regularly make an appearance on the market because Mr. Peanut items have always appealed to a wide variety of collectors. Check the Favorite Links page in this shop for a link to a website offering additional knowledge about this popular collecting niche.
Approximately 5 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide.
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