In the store this week, we have a pair of these very funky fish novelties. We love their black and gold design and they are perfect with our glamourous Hollywood Regency lamps (see In Store Now section).
Each fish is marked with the ESD Japan stamp and a sticker saying “Enterprise Exclusive”.
ESD stands for Enterprise Sales and Distributing. They were a Canadian Company out of Toronto started by Harry S. Pearce who imported giftware from Japan. These fish might have been made by the Miyawo Company which began making novelties in the 1930s but their products were imported to the States after WWII. Pearce began importing products from Japan in the early 1950s. As he was a great friend of George Lefton, they often placed orders together getting better prices for bulk.
Our two fish are in perfect condition and would look fabulous in a black and white bathroom.