Sugar shakers or muffineers were once an integral part of a table setting along with the salt cellar or vinegar bottle. I've never known why powdered sugar was considered a staple. Perhaps that is a study for another day.
I have made my own determination that the difference in a sugar shaker and a muffineer is cost or value. Once I had my first one I decided I might collect a few. That was soon shot down when I discovered that most of the ones I liked were above what I would pay for a casual collection. Here are some of the pretties I have seen.
This beautiful etched amber glass muffineer would add elegance to any table setting.
Definitely a sugar shaker in Martha Stewart glass. We have laughingly referred to Jadeite that way since Martha promoted it so heavily on her show and in her magazine. I am still considering the direction my collection will go and I have liked quite a few of the kitchen ones.
This one is shown on Etsy as a sugar or flour shaker. I think the design on the top is a good indication it was for sugar. I am a fan of tin so I like this one. Wonder how many tin ones I could find?
We have run the gamut here from extreme elegance to simple tin. I like them all and find the materials other than silver more interesting.
There are lots of sugar dispensers listed on the 'net as sugar shakers.
I think it is a misnomer. The sugar dispensers were for granulated sugar, not powdered. I found one of those at the flea market yesterday that is a bit unusual. It is a beautiful deep turquoise in color. It will go in my booth at Sutton's and I hope someone appreciates it.
Maybe you want to pay more attention to shakers!!