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Shaker, Pepper

Accession number: 08.13.02A-C
Category: Serving vessel
Date: 1900
Materials: Metal, silver; Glass
Measurements: 6 cm H x 3 cm Diameter
Marks/Label: On the top: A lion and smal letter d. On the bottom: W.A. , an anchor, a lion and a small letter d.
Narrative: The hallmarks indicate this pepper shaker was made by William Aiken in Birmingham, England, in 1900. Both donor's parents were English and married there in 1912. The donor's maternal grandmother's family were associated with a Quaker Boarding School named Ackworth. The donor's maternal grandfather was Frederick Andrews who was headmaster at Ackworth's for many years and met his wife there. The donor's parents came to Canada on the promise of land in Medicine Hat, Alberta but the donor's mother said the furthest she would go would be Nova Scotia so they came to Truro sometime after 1912. The donor had 2 sisters, one who contracted TB after which the family moved to Chipman's corner near Wolfville. The sister with TB survived and became the secretary at the Kentville Sanitorium.

A sterling silver pepper shaker with lid and blue glass liner. The base is decorated in relief with garlands of flowers . It is perforated around the base with rectangluar slits and near the top with cross shaped holes. The top has 21 small holes.

Manufacturer: William Aiken