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Monday, October 2, 2023
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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa, done in fretwork by Giuseppe Schincariol. Courtesy of Giuseppe and Silvana Schincariol.
Italian Banner Ribbon
Italian Banner Ribbon, Courtesy of Caterina Lopez, and Suitcase brought from Santo Stefano in 1951, by Domenica’s father, Giuseppe Caldarelli. Courtesy of Domenica and Florindo Mandarino.
Slippers, used by donor, were made from cloth and rubber from bicycle wheels during World War II because there were no shoes available to buy at the time. Gift of Serena (Bianca) Pellarin.
Bombshell, made into a decoration, brought by donor to Canada in 1954. “This shell, shot in the First World War (1914-1918), was picked up by an artillery man on the battlefield of Mount Grappa (Monte Grappa). When he returned home at the foot of the Mount, after several long battles, he adorned the shell and entrusted it to my relatives so that he could give it to his fiancée upon his return from the war. Unfortunately, the soldier never returned nor had his name even been written on it, only his initials. Today we remember him as the Unknown Soldier.” (Translation of Mr. Antonio Citton’s account.) Gift of Antonio Citton.
President of the Caboto Club Statue
President of the Caboto Club Statue which belonged to Licinio (Bill) Sgrazzutti, who was president in 1959-60. Courtesy of John and Denise Sgrazzutti.
Pair of Ciocie
Pair of Ciocie, traditional shoes, from which the Ciociaro region gets its name. The ciocia is made with a piece of square hide. Through holes is threaded a string that wraps around the foot in such a way that the end becomes thinner toward the toe and ends in a curve. The leg is wrapped to the knee with rough, grey canvas and tied with many laces of cord or thread, so that one can move freely in the field, wrapped in a cloak or short jacket. Courtesy of Giulio Malandruccolo
Calabria Mug
Calabria Mug, courtesy of Caterina Lopez
Pair of Ciocie
Ceramic Wine Pitcher called a Bocal in the Furlan region of Italy. These jugs were available in different sizes and this one was sent by the Friuli Nel Mondo Society to pour wine on the occasion of the Fogolar Furlan Club’s 40th anniversary. One was given to each family member. Courtesy of Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor.
Ciavedal, Hand - Wrought Iron Firedog
Ciavedal, Hand-Wrought Iron Firedog, placed in fireplace (fogolar), and used when cooking meals. The copper pot was used for cooking polenta, stews, soups, etc. The tools include a ladle, tongs, a scoop for ashes, a fire poker and a scraper. Courtesy of Teresa Raffin, Fogolar Furlan Club.
St. Angela Merici Church's Wine Glasses
St. Angela Merici Church’s Wine Glasses, Courtesy of Fr. August Feccia, St. Angela Merici Church.
Water Holder - Conca
Water Holder - Conca, carried on the head. It was used to get water from the well in Ofena, Aquila, Abruzzi. Courtesy of Pierina Bartolazzo.
Miniature Scale
Miniature Scale. Replica of one used in Friuli, Italy. Courtesy of Esterina and Angelo Liva.
Copper Pails
Three-hundred-year-old, hand designed Copper Pails, used in Friuli, Italy. Owned and used by lender’s great-great-great grandfather (DeMonte) to carry water. Courtesy of Mario Collavino.
Cooking Pot
Cooking Pot, courtesy of Filomena Vitale
Pot for Polenta
Pot for Polenta used in Italy by lender, who came to Canada in 1954 at the age of 16, with her father. Courtesy of Pierina Bortolazzo.
Doll Wearing Traditional Costume of the Furlan Region
Doll Wearing Traditional Costume of the Furlan Region The doll is carrying a backpack called a cos. Made of willow reeds, it was used to carry goods up and down the mountains. During World War I, women carried ammunition to the front lines using the cos. They travelled by night, so that by morning the soldiers’ supplies would be refurbished. These women were called “Le Portatrici” (the carriers). Some women lost their lives while performing this service. Courtesy of Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor.
La Pacchiana
La Pacchiana, Doll, wearing the traditional costume of San Giovanni in Fiore, Cosenza, Italy. Courtesy of Luisa Bitonti.
Doll Wearing Traditional Costume of Ciociaro, with conca, a copper receptacle used to take water from the fountain. Courtesy of Rosina Sorge.
Doll named 'Angela'
Doll, named “Angela”, wearing traditional costume from Calabria. Dates back to the 1950’s. Courtesy of Angela Lopetrone.
Candlestick Holders
Candlestick Holders from Ofena, Aquila, Abruzzi. Courtesy of Pierina Bortolazzo.
Plane used by Renato Chemello in cabinet making. Courtesy of Renato Chemello.
Pasta Machine
Pasta Machine with two rollers used by Marcella Minello, mother of lender. Courtesy of Norma (Minello) Popovich.
Coffer Grinder
Coffee Grinder Because coffee was expensive, only a small amount would be ground and usedeach time so that none was wasted. This grinder was used in Italy by Maria Marchesin’s family, and brought to Canada in 1953. Courtesy of Maria Marchesin
Charcoal Iron
Charcoal Iron belonged to Renato Chemello’s mother, Angela Zilio. Courtesy of Renato Chemello.
Espresso Maker
Espresso Maker, purchased in Italy. Donors came to Canada in 1959 and settled in Windsor in 1966. Gift of Esterina and Angelo Liva.
Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle used in Italy by lender’s grandparents, who used it to pound salt, garlic, pepper and other herbs. Courtesy of Terry and Agnese Barichello.
Wine Container
Wine Container from 1800s, belonging to the great grandfather of lender’s husband, Franco Spadini, who was from Santa Lucia, Sicily. Courtesy of Rina Spadini.
Wine Flask
Wine Flask dates from 1800s, belonged to lender’s great grandfather. He used to carry the wine with him to keep it cool. Courtesy of Rina Spadini.
Pot used to make moonshine
Pot used to make moonshine. Courtesy of Filomena Vitale.
Velvet Slipper
Velvet Slippers, hand-embroidered, which were used as shoes. These continue to be made in the Carnia region to this day. In Windsor they were used by folk dancers at the Fogolar Furlan Club. Courtesy of the Fogolar Furlan Club.

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