Bell-shaped Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers

I love collecting. And Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers are an easy and inexpensive way to grow your collection. These bell-shaped sets are a good example as they are readily available at charity shops and online.

I have two sets (unpacked, more in storage!) to show today:

Bell-Shaped TinkBell-Shaped Tink Back

Tinker Bell / Disneyland Castle

First we have this Disneyland set by Walt Disney Productions featuring both Tinker Bell and a very nice representation of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

This set has a six-hole pattern in the back instead of the more common two holes for salt and three holes for pepper, but each can have more, although the proportion of bigger and more holes for salt is almost always observed.

Next is another set from Disneyland:

Bell-Shaped CastlesBell-Shaped Castles Back

Castle / Carrousel

Here we have stylized representations of Sleeping Beauty Castle and King Arthur Carrousel (now called Prince Charming Regal Carrousel). They are reminiscent of Mary Blair designs.

This set has six holes for salt but only five holes for pepper.

I just couldn’t resist lining them up for a group shot:

Bell-Shaped Together

Group Shot. Say: “Ding-a-Ling-a-Ling”

In the shot above you can clearly see the similar shapes of the ‘bells’ but note the thicker gold banding on the base of the set on the left. And the diameter of the gold rings just under the handles are slightly different.

Bell-Shaped Comparison

Disneyland Logo x 2

You can also see that the handles themselves are also different, not in shape, but in thickness. This makes it easy to know if a Seller has mixed-and-matched a bell-shaped ‘set’ for resale. This does happen! Also, the stoppers can also be missing, as with the Tinker Bell / Castle set in this post.

These bell-shaped salt & pepper shakers can sell from $5.00 to $10.00 US on Internet selling sites.

For a more complete look at my Disney Salt & Pepper Shaker collection, click the link, or click Huey Dewey Louie Shakers for another set of spicy little collectibles!

Huey, Dewey, or Louie Salt & Pepper Shakers?

I hope everyone loves a mystery! Today I have a vintage set of Disney salt and pepper shakers in the likenesses of two of Donald Duck’s three nephews. But which of the three are represented here?

Let’s start our investigation:

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They measure about 3 3/4 inches tall and about 2 1/4 inches wide

In their very first cartoon Huey wore a green shirt and cap, Dewey orange and Louie red. But the red-blue-green designation was later invented in the comics, where their shirts were black but their caps have those three now-recognizable colors. Today, the shirts and caps are color coordinated for each character.

And so because Disney did assign a shirt color to each duckling in later years, we will be able to name our two spice merchants.

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 008     HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 009

Circa 1950’s (?) and stamped ‘Japan’

So we have red and green, although they have swapped caps with each other just to be difficult. Well, that’s in character!

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4 holes for salt and 3 holes for pepper

We will assume the shirts are on the right duck. Let’s get some more information from Disney’s former Chief Archivist Dave Smith: “Note that the brightest hue of the three is red (Huey), the color of water, dew, is blue (Dewey), and that leaves Louie, and leaves are green.”

So it appears that our two spice merchants here are Huey and Louie.

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Stripes on shirts aren’t character appropriate

Here is how the three mischievous ducks look today:

HDL Today

Perhaps you noticed the corks in the, er… tail feathers of our two ducklings? Here is a closer look for those who aren’t faint of heart:

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Unfortunate placement!

I guess you have to get the spices into them somehow. But… seriously? This could be why Huey has an annoyed look on his face:

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Angry, or constipated?

These shakers are listed in the book 1003 Salt & Pepper Shakers with Values by Larry Carey and Sylvia Tompkins for $200.00 US which seems a tad high. Sites such as eBay have them listed for auction starting at about $70.00 US. As usual the sellers are claiming they are rare.

Just can’t get enough Disney salt & pepper shakers? I have many in my collection and most of them are featured here in this post entitled Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers.

Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers

Collecting salt and pepper shakers is almost a right of passage for any serious collector. Whether your passion is Elvis, ketchup, or kittens, likely you have a salt and pepper set depicting that passion!

Hello. My name is Lee. I like Disney. I have it on a salt and pepper shaker:

Kitchen Salt & Pepper Shakers +

I love finding duplicate merchandise

Kitchen Chef Mickey S and P + Kitchen DL S&P +

Different themes but the same shape

Kitchen Salt and Pepper Ears +

Hidden Mickey shakers with a story about Mickey visiting Walt Disney World

My oldest set     Kitchen Dumbo SandP +     Dumbo/Dumbo

Blue for salt and red for pepper

This last set is the most expensive (still only about $20.00- $50.00) and the oldest in my collection. You can also find Donald Duck versions and several other Disney characters from this manufacturer. Oh, and they even have:

Mickey     Kitchen  Leeds S&P +     Minnie

So if you want to add a little spice to your Disneyana collection, consider one of these adorable sets of shakers!