Hand Crafted in South Africa
Width: 1˝ inches
Height: 3 inches
This unique salt and pepper set is made out of ceramic, it has been hand painted, the set comes packaged in a wooden crate, nestled in straw, making a very cute presentation.
The History of Salt and Pepper Shakers.
Salt shakers were invented in the 19th Century. In 1858, John Mason invented the screw-top salt shaker. In the late 1800's, when salt became more refined, some ceramic shakers were molded with perforated tops. Today, shakers can be made from almost any material, such as stainless steel, plastic or wood. Salt shakers generally come in sets with a pepper shaker.
Rare & unique shakers have become collector's items over the years. There are many shakers that are sold for the sole purpose of being a collectable and will never actually be used. Glenn Ford and Bob Hope, are two famous Hollywood actors who collected salt and pepper shakers.
The Great Shaker Debate
It has come to my attention that there is a heated debate going on as to which shaker the salt goes into and which shaker the pepper goes into. I always thought it went without saying that the salt goes in the shaker with the less holes.
Flavor Camp Salt goes in the shaker with more holes because people use salt more often, and in greater amounts. This equalizes the need, making one shake roughly the same for either spice.
Flow Camp Pepper goes in the shaker with more holes because it consists of larger chunks than salt. This equalizes the flow, making one shake roughly the same for either spice.
Elephants are the largest land-dwelling mammals on earth. They are brown to dark gray in color and have long, coarse hairs sparsely covering their bodies. They have very thick skin that keeps them cool. Elephant trunks serve as another limb. A fusion of the nose and upper lip, the trunk may contain more than 40,000 muscles that help the elephant use it to gather food and water. They also sport large ears and thick tree-trunk-like legs to support their great weight.
There are two distinct species of elephants: the African elephant (genus: Loxodonta) and the Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). There are a number of differences between the two species – overall size, ear size, tusks and shape of the back and forehead among others. Of these two species, African elephants are divided into two subspecies (savannah and forest)
African elephants once numbered in the millions across Africa, but by the mid-1980s their populations had been devastated by poaching. The status of the species now varies greatly across the continent. Some populations remain in danger due to poaching for meat and ivory, habitat loss and conflict with humans.
Elephants are important because their future is tied to much of Africa's rich biodiversity. Scientists consider African elephants to be keystone species as they help to maintain suitable habitats for many other species in savanna and forest ecosystems.
Elephants directly influence forest composition and density, and can alter the broader landscape. In tropical forests, elephants create clearings and gaps in the canopy that encourage tree regeneration. In the savannas, they can reduce bush cover to create an environment favorable to a mix of browsing and grazing animals.
Many plant species also have evolved seeds that are dependent on passing through an elephant's digestive tract before they can germinate; it is calculated that at least a third of tree species in west African forests rely on elephants in this way for distribution of their future generations.
Elephants typically reach puberty at thirteen or fourteen years of age They have offspring up until they are around fifty years old .They may live seventy years or possibly more .A cow produces a single calf and in very rare cases twins .The interval between births is between two and a half to four years An elephant’s trunk, a union of the nose and upper lip, is a highly sensitive organ with over 100,000 muscle units.