It has been said that Victorians had "something for every occasion", and it does seem to be true as we look at the sugar shaker or muffineer. It is a great tradtion among Victorian antique collectors to revel in the pleasures of setting a magnificent table and the sugar shaker is right at home with that idea. The English started this tradition with the muffineer used to sprinkle powdered sugar on the morning offerings of biscuits, scones and muffins, thus the name "muffineer". In the American antique victorian setting we refer to these as "sugar shakers" and are mainly a great antique pattern and art glass collectible. But don't stop there, many of the finest porcelain, ceramic, silverplate and sterling silver companies joined in and made many wonderful antique shakers for use at the most elegant tables. Here is a chance to give your table a shot in the arm with a shake or two from a beautiful piece of the past in antique collecting or just dress up a shelf with a bit of history.
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