We recently inherited these little germans. Cute as a button at 2.5 inches in height, they give us salt and pepper. The pair belonged to my husband's great aunt. She was an avid collector of s+p shakers with over 500 sets! The date is sketchy, but Hansel and Gretel (as I have named them) are believed to be from the 1950's. They're made by Groebel, W Germany. (There's a history of Germany's division here.) Since H and I have an affinity for german things, we took them on.
Since childhood, Husband and I have taken a keen interest in languages. H lived in Germany for 4 years as a youngster and one set of my grandparents spoke German. So, as a gift to H, I signed us up for a 6 week German course that begins tonight. Happy Birthday H!
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