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Monday, April 22, 2013

St. Labre Indian School objects – napkin or letter holder, salt and pepper shakers, and small sugar bowl

The first design in this series I found was the napkin or letter holder.  Further research brought me to the salt and pepper shakers (these seem to be the most common) and the small bowls (these seem to be the least common).  I also discovered much about the history of the St. Labre Indian School and the controversy that exists between the Catholic Church, the operator of St. Labre, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

Apparently, these trinkets were gifts for donating to the school during their fundraising appeals. All are made of plastic and feature matching orange or yellow bases, green sides, and yellow accents.  They are all easily disassembled for cleaning or storage.  They are also affordably priced.  Expect to pay less than $10 for any of these items.  Most images in this post are from eBay and etsy, unless noted.

Salt and pepper shakers

The salt and pepper shakers are designed to look like a tom tom drum.  Each consists of a top and bottom in orange, a tall yellow insert, and a green sleeve.  The shakers stand 2” tall and are 1-1/4” in diameter.

St. Labre Indian School salt and pepper shakers

The green sleeve features stylized patterns of a person with a small cloud to the upper left and teepee to the lower right and a deer with hoof prints to its lower left and upper right.  The designs are opposite each other on the green sleeve.

St. Labre Indian School salt and pepper shakers

St. Labre Indian School salt and pepper shakers

St. Labre Indian School salt and pepper shakers, imprint     St. Labre Indian School salt and pepper shakers, imprint

I have found the salt and pepper shakers with two bottoms, one has a small notch at the 12 o’clock position (left), one does not (right).  The bottom of each salt and pepper shaker is marked:

ST. LABRE INDIAN SCHOOL
ASHLAND, MONTANA
59003

St. Labre Indian School salt and pepper shakers, original packaging and shipping box

Original packaging and shipping box for the salt and pepper shaker set.  Image source:  Copperton Lane Antiques and Collectables via Ruby Lane.

Napkin or letter holder

While the packaging describes this item as the “Northern Cheyenne Letter Holder,” it also suggests home or office use.  The holder is 5” long, 4-1/2” tall, and 2” wide.

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder"

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder"

In many examples, the yellow panels behind the designs are not present.

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", base and imprint

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", base and imprint

I have found the letter holder with two bases.  One has four cylindrical pegs (top), one does not (bottom).  Imprint on the bottom of the Northern Cheyenne Letter Holder, marked:

ST. LABRE INDIAN SCHOOL
ASHLAND, MONTANA 59003

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", yellow base

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", yellow base

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", yellow base

Northern Cheyenne Letter Holder with a yellow instead of the more common orange base.

St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", original packaging     St. Labre Indian School "Northern Cheyenne Letter (or napkin) Holder", original packaging

Packaging for the “Northern Cheyenne Letter Holder”.  It reads:

NORTHERN CHEYENNE LETTER HOLDER

This attractive gift from the Northern Cheyenne may be used in your home or office.  In your home, use as a napkin holder, or if you prefer to use it on your desk, it can store important stamps or correspondence.

Easy to assemble.  Face the two separate sides into the slats on base with the ornamental figures facing outwards.

Sugar Bowl

These small bowls match the other items in the set, but are encountered much less frequently.  The sugar bowls are 1-7/8” tall by 2-7/8” diameter.

St. Labre Indian School small sugar bowl

St. Labre Indian School small sugar bowl

St. Labre Indian School small sugar bowl, imprint

The bottom of each salt and pepper shaker is marked in small lettering:

ST. LABRE INDIAN SCHOOL
ASHLAND, MONTANA
59003


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16 comments:

Mandy said...

But who made them? and in what years were they produced? I have set of shakers that sat in my great grandmother's kitchen since I was a young child- I'm 43now. Just curious...

Scarey Mary said...

I found a set of shakers at a sale. They reminded me of something or seemed familiar somehow. I would like to know more too.

ronald blagg said...

I just found the Salt and Pepper shaker as I was cleaning the cabinet of my recently deceased mother. She lived her since 1961, I'm 66, never remember seeing them or any ideas how they came about to be here.

Anonymous said...

I also have them. I sent them my allowance but wasn't sure when. It had to have been in the early 60s because there is a zip code. I thought it was before that but not with the zip code.

Anonymous said...

I also have them. I sent them my allowance but wasn't sure when. It had to have been in the early 60s because there is a zip code. I thought it was before that but obviously not.

v jesus said...

I have the napkin holder. I'm pretty sure they are early to mid 60's as you said.

v jesus said...

I have the napkin holder. I'm pretty sure they are early to mid 60's as you said.

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Jim Evans said...

I also have a set of these s & p shakers that my mother had. She collected all kids of s & p shakers.

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