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Or do I have a salt and creamer mix-up set?

Set is vintage, made in Japan, luster ware.

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Very cool-deco-seque set. Muffineers or sugar shakers were very 19th century. My mom's got a collection of them.

I'm guessing that the sugar container has a lid on it?  I think, therefore, that the holes in the lid are for air, to keep the sugar dry.  If inverted and shaken I could imagine getting a whole bowl full of sugar in your tea.

Very nice set. Is it marked, "Made in Japan"?  Pic of the Mark sure would help ID it.   Think House means deco-esque (deco-like); slight typo.

I'm sure 'seque' is correct in some language..8 ')

And the shaker's on the left with holes, creamer on the right, no?

Yes, creamer on the right.
Nope, no lid on the sugar shaker, just a hole in the bottom with a cork (real cork) pushed inside the shaker.

I know that sugar shakers exist, but I only thought in single pieces for maybe cinnamon sugar. So I'm curious if it was common once to shake/pour sugar into a cup of tea from a shaker.

The pieces are the exact same size, being 2 5/16" across the widest part. I thought maybe the salt shaker from the set was substituted, but I'm sure the salt would be smaller.

Debra, I said I was "guessing" and obviously I guessed wrong. It's your fault.  You didn't mention the hole in the bottom in your post nor did you bother to show a picture of the bottom,or a picture of the Mark.

Seque is Italian (originally) for "follow". It's a musical term.  What you meant by saying  "...deco-seque..." doesn't compute in my brain.  Makes more sense to say "deco-esque".

Is there a lid on the shaker, or is there a hole in the bottom?  In other words, how does one fill the shaker?

Hole in the bottom. In looking at it again I just realized the holes on top would be too large for salt as would literally pour out. Seems strange to use a shaker and not a bowl. Maybe that's how they do it in Japan. =^\

Apparently they exist as a set sugar shaker/creamer made in Japan. These are clearly 20th century though. Here is a page of them:

yep, as mentioned sugar shaker and creamer, quite civilized.

My mom collected them for 50 years, mainly crystal/sterling.

Nice set. Just wanted to add that it was usually Powdered or Confectioners sugar used in these containers. You probably had a cork in the bottom at some point. And, these sometimes came as a part of a "Berry Set" That would have one larger bowl for the berries to go in, then little dishes for each portion - Powered sugar and cream on berries is delicious. Both my Grandma's had similar sets to yours. 1920 - 1930's. 

Muffineer sets are also known as breakfast sets, the creamer for berries and the shaker for powdered sugar for pancakes and waffles, YUM!


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