Vintage TAXCO Mexican Silver Mother of Pearl & Silver Salt & Pepper Shakers measuring a mere 1.75" tall. Each vintage TAXCO shaker body is made of hand cut Mother of Pearl "panels" with Mexican silver bases, rims and caps. Darling set! The silver shaker tops are marked with a "S" and a "P" to designate which shaker it is.
This fine vintage TAXCO, Mexico silver and mother of pearl silver salt & pepper shaker set is in very good and clean condition, with only minor corrosion on the inside of the salt shaker and lid. The panels of mother of pearl are all in excellent condition with a wide variety of opalescent colors. An uncommon set! Each shaker measures 1.75" tall, 1.25" in diameter and they weigh 1.6 ounces combined.
The basic condiment set began with salt and pepper servers. Next, a mustard jar would be added. Other containers, called cruets, were then added in various sizes. These were generally used for a variety of vinegars and oils. Another serving piece was the muffineer, a caster that held sugar or any other condiment meant to be sprinkled onto foods.
Salt was usually served in open containers, sometimes referred to as a salt cellar or salt stand. Some salt containers had glass liners to help prevent the corrosion that begins when silver and salt come in contact with each other.
Touchmarked on the bottoms of both the salt & pepper shaker is "ALPACA, TAXCO". Taxco de Alarcón (usually referred to as simply "Taxco") is a small city and municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The city is heavily associated with silver, both with the mining of it and other metals and for the crafting of it into jewelry, silverware and other items. This reputation, along with the city's picturesque homes and surrounding landscapes have made tourism the main economic activity as the only large-scale mining operation here is coming to a close.