Part of the occasional series showcasing gondola-related stuff I have collected over the years. You’ve seen my forcola (a real one!), and last time I posted in this series, it was the Ven-Ice tray.
Here’s a letter opener I picked up at an antique store at the edge of Campo Sant’Angelo some years ago. Shaped like the ferro that graces the front of a gondola, this one ends in a graceful, sharp-edged sweep, embossed with the word “Venezia.”
The upper end has most of the traditional elements of the ferro: the upper curve that mimics the Doge’s hat; the six prongs representing the six sestieri; and the backwards facing prong to stand for Giudecca. Just above the six prongs is the arch to represent the Rialto Bridge, though this one is not as large or pronounced as a real ferro would be. Also, the backwards “S”shape is supposed…
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