This adorable duo was manufactured in the 1950s by Napco (National Potteries Corporation) of Bedford, Ohio. Founded in 1938, Napco began by manufacturing porcelain and glass vases and other supplies for florists. In the mid-1940s Irwin Garber joined the company and directed the production of the very popular Napco head vases. Napco also began importing Japanese ceramic giftware, which became hugely popular through the late ’50s and early ‘60s. Nalco purchased INARCO in Jacksonville, Florida and today Napco operates out of that location, by returning to their roots and offering garden and florist supplies.
The squirrel salt and pepper shakers featured here were designed in what was referred to as the “longboy” style. The longboys were a series of salt shakers produced by Napco from the 40s to 50s in the shapes of popular animals of the time, such as Dachshunds, cats, giraffes and foxes. These squirrel shakers were not just functional but also served to decorate a table or sideboard, with rhinestones on their eyes and down the length of their backs.
Vintage ceramics from companies such as Napco are very collectible today because of their quality craftsmanship and charming designs. Sets like these can be seen online priced between $25 and $65 for a pair. Yes, these are for sale—but there’s only one pair, so they won’t be here for long. To see our entire collection of vintage items that are for sale, follow this link to the Vintage Originals category.