DSCN0658-001Walk through the door at 4 Coresh, the small street off Shlomzion Hamalka and behind the main post office, and take the visitor’s tour of Charlott.

Displayed on the wall on the right are Moroccan brass Chanukah oil lamps, replicas of those made in the 18th and 19th centuries; modern brass Chanukiot; many different kinds of hamsas, the five-fingered amulet used decoratively and in jewelry, said to ward off “the evil eye.”

Persian and Armenian decorative tiles; mirrors framed in brass and copper; Armenian tiles, and wrought iron from Morocco and Persia hang on the same wall.

Blue and turquoise hand-blown Hebron glass vases; Moroccan and Persian pottery; white and pale-blue ceramic and glass necklaces from Persia, several thousand years old, are next. And there are so many more decorative pieces and unique jewelry.

“People say it’s like a museum,” says Noga Eshed with pride, “only you can touch things.”  Here are one-of-a-kind items of good taste at Charlott, founded in 1938 and the oldest gift shop in Jerusalem.

Charlott chose this location because it was just visible from Jaffa Road, but when the post office was built, Charlott was not visible and was on the street behind the post office, cut off from the mainstream of passers by. Today, it sits there, off the beaten track of Jerusalem gift shops.

It remains the store to shop for those who want unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.

Charlott is located at 4 Coresh, off Shlomzion Hamalka, past Zion Square and behind the Main Post Office. It is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Phone 625-1632.