Donkey Salt and Pepper holder

Submitted by Michael Ely October 28th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner
This little brass tone plated donkey (basically a metal frame) was designed to hold a pair of salt and pepper shakers. It is considered a Harlequin China “go-with,” a piece that perfectly holds a pair of Harlequin salt and pepper shakers. Harlequin China was produced by Homer Laughlin (the same company that produced Fiesta China) between 1936 and 1964. This pair of salt and pepper shakers are in the color of Harlequin red (really more of an orange color).

5 Responses to “Donkey Salt and Pepper holder”

  1. Allee Willis

    I have a lot of pieces of Harlequin but have never seen this donkey S&P. I’m pretty sure I have the salt and pepper shakers sans donkey metal form though.
    Do you know if the donkey was made specifically to go with original Harlequin S&P’s or was it sold separately to use with any S&P set that would fit in it?

    Harlequin has been remade several times. I bought 20 place settings when they brought it back in the early 80s and still have most of those pieces.

    This reminds me a lot of the little wire animals with rubber tipped feet that were made as part of desk sets in the 50’s.

    Is that a replica of the Eiffel Tower up on the bureau against the wall?

    • Michael Ely

      Don’t think the donkey was made to specifically hold Harlequin salt and pepper shakers, but I have seen pictures dating back to the 1950’s showing the combination, and it is listed in some books as a “go-along” or go-with” piece.

      Once again, you have good eyes and you don’t miss a thing, Allee! Yes, that is an Eiffel Tower lamp base (with a black shade trimmed in feathers) in the background.

  2. denny

    Michael, (saying this like I am putting you in a trance) – you………must…….post………..that………lamp…………………!