Isn't this a find! Made by Bell of California this is a unique retro chip & dip ceramic fruit or vegetable server in cream color with aqua fruits on it. Made in three separate gold edged ruffled crescent shaped dishes this dish has a very different look. Each crescent dish has half of a circle indentation that holds the accompanying salt and pepper shakers and a toothpick holder. Placing the pieces together like a puzzle forms a 16 inch circle. In the center is a 3 part dish with a distinct heavy gold scalloped edge. Each compartment has a line-drawn fruit of grapes, apple and pear in it in aqua. There is a small hole in the center about ½ inch for possibly holding a handled pick for serving. It has a slight nick in it. The salt and pepper cream shakers are 3 inches tall domed shaped top with a aqua scallop going around the top. There also is a 2 inch toothpick holder as well. The bottom of the piece is embossed with the words Bell of Calif- USA # 710 on it. According to the book California Pottery Scrapbook by Jack Chipman, this ceramic company was around in the 1950's and there is little known about it except that it was a manufacturing and distributing company located in Los Angeles. The piece has one very faint hairline mark on one of the crescent shaped piece about a ½ inch long. It is barely visible. Shipping weight on this piece is 6 pounds. What a wonderful piece to serve your guests your fresh fruit or vegetable recipes from the garden!
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