Kreiss & Company was started in 1946 by Murray Kreiss who began importing ceramics from Japan. He imported a large variety of novelty ceramics including salt and pepper shakers. The company quit dealing in ceramics in the late 60s/early 70s.
Their most popular ceramic lines were the Psycho-Ceramics. Pictured beneath are a few examples of these highly collectible creatures.
Unfortunately, to my knowledge, Kreiss never made a Psycho salt and pepper shaker. However, they did produce egg cups, which we found paired together with egg salt and pepper shakers. Probably not originally sold as shown, but it has made it into our collection none the less.
Even though Kreiss & Company's most famous collectible lines like the Psycho and Beetniks are not available for us to collect as salt and pepper shakers, Kreiss did make plenty of shakers that share that same cartoon and comical appearances - which is what makes these sets so fun to find and collect.
Notice how many of the shakers have rhinestone eyes.
Cartoon Style Santa & Mrs. Claus
Realistic Santa & Mrs. Claus
Christmas Coo Coo Clocks
This cute cartoon style birds are classic Kreiss. Sometimes we have seen them paired with a worm. Not sure how many styles exist, but they all seem to have rhinestones embellishments.
We'll continue with showing photos of other Kreiss animal salt and pepper shakers. So far, they are all cartoonish in style. I hope you are getting a feel for what a Kreiss shaker looks like, because they are not always marked. When they are marked, it is usually a simple black inked "Kreiss" stamp on the bottom.
However, not all Kreiss shakers are cute and cartoonish. Just like the one oddball "realistic" Santa & Mrs. Claus set above, there are more realistic looking animal shakers. You'd never guess they were Kreiss unless they are marked.
Chickens / Roosters
Similar to the animals, the Kreiss people shakers come in both comical and more realistic styles.
Monks (with and without rhinestones)
Asian couple in two different colors
Here are a couple different series that Kreiss released.
Couples from Different Countries
Animals - Large and Small Versions
This is not a complete list of all the shakers Kreiss produced. Please see the shaker database for more examples.