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In the last newsletter we explored whatnots and etageres, which were used to display tchotchkes and knick knacks in the 16th and 17th Centuries by the common folk. In about the same period, the rich and the well to do had curio cabinets, which referred to entire rooms where they stored and displayed what they called curios. Curios were thecollections of things that they may have had; not unlike tchotchkes and knick knacks, but you couldn’t tell them that. The rooms were usually designed and built with glass panels to protect the belongings from the curious and this is where we get our modern curio cabinets of today.
Vintage Toaster Salt & Pepper Shaker Set. This toaster with the toast inside measures about 3 inches tall and it is about 4.25 inches wide. Although this set is does not have a maker’s mark, it is stamped made in the USA. Additionally, one side has picture of the U.S. Capitol Building and it does say Washington DC. The handle pops up the “toast” which are the actual salt and pepper shakers This toaster in this set has a some wear but it is still a beautiful little retro set.