As part of the continuing series of gondola stuff I own, here’s one of my most interesting pieces–a salt and pepper shaker shaped like a traditional gondola with a felze. The felze comes apart into two pieces–the two shakers–that sit atop the gondola.
And here’s a detail that makes it especially interesting: the stamp on the bottom tells us that it was made in Occupied Japan during WWII. The sticker indicates that it was sold at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
I live in the Bay Area and have been to the tea garden a number of times. But I actually bought this gondola in Bisbee, Arizona, in an antiques shop. So it is very well travelled!