Spicing it up: an Israeli’s salt and pepper shaker museum

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Salt and pepper shakers, that is. Some 37,000 pairs are on display on floor-to-ceiling shelves in the museum the 58-year-old Israeli collector has opened in his backyard in the northern city of Hadera.

Bar-on’s exhibit includes shaker Santas, Christmas trees, toilet seats, animals, figures in traditional dress and even a ceramic Queen Elizabeth and her dog.

Pairs of salt and pepper shakers, part of Eitan Bar-on's collection of 37,000 pairs of shakers, are seen on display in a shack at the backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Eitan Bar-on stands next his collection of 37,000 pairs of shakers, displayed in a shack at the backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. Picture taken December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Pairs of salt and pepper shakers, part of Eitan Bar-on's collection of 37,000 pairs of shakers, are seen on display in a shack at the backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. Picture taken December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Pairs of salt and pepper shakers, part of Eitan Bar-on's collection of 37,000 pairs of shakers, are seen on display in a shack at the backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. Picture taken December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Eitan Bar-on holds a pair of salt and pepper shakers, part of his collection of 37,000 pairs of shakers, at a shack in the backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. Picture taken December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Part of Eitan Bar-on's collection of 37,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers, are displayed in a shack at his backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. Picture taken December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Eitan Bar-on looks at a pair of salt and pepper shakers, part of his collection of 37,000 pairs of shakers, in a shack at the backyard of his home in Hadera, Israel December 12, 2018. Picture taken December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias

He received most of the shakers as gifts or as donations from other collectors, and purchased the rest. “Everyone lives happily in this museum. Muslims, Christians, Jews, everyone,” he said.

Bar-on began the collection in 2014 and he said representatives of the Guinness World Records were due to visit his ‘Salt & Pepper Museum’ soon.

He has digitally documented every shaker. The oldest dates back to 1703, and he said the most expensive was worth $17,000.

“I’m going to stop on forty thousand because I think that it’s very difficult for people to handle with such a quantity of items and that’s the limit,” said Bar-on.

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