Antique Kitchen Utensils

Antique Kitchen Utensils

Kitchen Kitchen utensils of all types, from eggbeaters to bowls, are collected today. Handmade wooden and metal items, like ladles and apple peelers, were made in the early nineteenth century. Mass-produced pieces, like iron apple peelers and graniteware, were made in the nineteenth century. Late 20th-century refrigerators, stoves, and other large appliances can be dated by their color and style. Also included in this category are utensils used for other household chores, such as laundry and cleaning. Other kitchen wares are listed under manufacturers’ names or under Advertising, Iron, Tool, or Wooden.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

Kitchen utensils of all types, from eggbeaters to bowls, are collected today. Handmade wooden and metal items, like ladles and apple peelers, were made in the early nineteenth century. Mass-produced pieces, like iron apple peelers and graniteware, were made in the nineteenth century. Late 20th-century refrigerators, stoves, and other large appliances can be dated by their color and style. Also included in this category are utensils used for other household chores, such as laundry and cleaning. Other kitchen wares are listed under manufacturers’ names or under Advertising, Iron, Tool, or Wooden.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

Old or historic kitchen utensils go by various different names from “culinary antiques” to “vintage kitchenalia”. Whether they’re ancient or mid-20th century “retro”, almost all old food preparation, serving, and storage items appeal to some collector somewhere.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

There’s also something great about taking a gadget out of the drawer to use it and thinking about your grandmother, mom, or a favorite aunt, if you're fortunate enough to have some of their kitchen tools. In this way, kitchen collectibles truly do stir memories and their special nature quickly transcends beyond mere age or novelty into that of family heirloom.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

Many objects are easy to identify, but not all. It’s not always clear if a simple box or pot or implement had a particular name or a particular use. A collection of jars (earthenware, stoneware, glass in the 20th century) and boxes (wooden, tin) was needed when food was stored at home and groceries were sold unwrapped. Households had different beaters, paddles, and bats – some of them known as beetles – for purposes from tenderising meat to working butter to beating the dirt out of clothes. Simple wooden boards, stirring sticks, and large spoons had a wide range of uses. As it says in the article about pudding sticks linked below, “The most plebeian of kitchen tools are sometimes the hardest to identify.”Lower down the page are excerpts from 19th century housekeeping advice manuals to give some idea of “normal” kitchen equipment then, in the UK and the USA.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

Sometimes kitchen collectibles are categorised according to what they are made of. Wood (treen), tinware, copper, stoneware etc. Some of the less well-known materials include tôle or toleware – painted tin-plated sheet-iron – and American Agate Ware and Graniteware. (See first link in resources list) In the kitchen these last two describe particular kinds of enamelware, with a finish resembling agate or granite, although both names can refer to ceramics as well.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

You're getting the gist of this by now. Kitchen gadgets, even olive forks and those little doodads used to make melon balls, have a place in the heart of a collector out there somewhere.
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Antique Kitchen Utensils

In other words, if your gizmo is used in the kitchen and made in a style that's not readily sold in retail stores today, it's likely considered collectible. If you happen to dig around and find some things that turn out to be appealing in a vintage way, it might pay to check them out a little further before tossing them in the thrift store bin.
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Unusual features, shapes, and styles of ordinary kitchen items make them more valuable. For instance, something as mundane as an ice cream scoop can be worth hundreds of dollars if it’s made by a well-known manufacturer like Gilchrist, and it has an unusual shape.
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If you’re not willing to retire your culinary tools at this juncture, as long as they're not rusty and none of the paint on the handles flakes off into your food, that’s perfectly fine. Being quite durable, your favorite kitchen implements will likely be around for the next generation of collectors if you're not quite ready to put them to rest just yet. Simply hang on to those collectibles and continue to use them.
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Shop members Laura Owner I enjoy frugal pursuits such as reading, scratch cooking, food preservation, and foraging. My vintage kitchenwares expertise supports my family's joyful, down-to-earth lifestyle, while enabling others to be good stewards of resources. George Junior Packing Helper George is meticulous in the way only a child with autism can be; he ensures you receive a recipe and business card, and that nothing has been left out of your package. You get a nice vintage kitchen item, George gets a thrill. He loves to help! Calin Deliveryman Calin drops off packages for shipping on his way to symphony rehearsals. During the Christmas season he helps pack. The rest of the time, he gently prods Laura to get things off the back porch and into the shop.
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Laura Owner I enjoy frugal pursuits such as reading, scratch cooking, food preservation, and foraging. My vintage kitchenwares expertise supports my family's joyful, down-to-earth lifestyle, while enabling others to be good stewards of resources. George Junior Packing Helper George is meticulous in the way only a child with autism can be; he ensures you receive a recipe and business card, and that nothing has been left out of your package. You get a nice vintage kitchen item, George gets a thrill. He loves to help! Calin Deliveryman Calin drops off packages for shipping on his way to symphony rehearsals. During the Christmas season he helps pack. The rest of the time, he gently prods Laura to get things off the back porch and into the shop.
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George Junior Packing Helper George is meticulous in the way only a child with autism can be; he ensures you receive a recipe and business card, and that nothing has been left out of your package. You get a nice vintage kitchen item, George gets a thrill. He loves to help!
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You may like our new sister site Home Things Past where you’ll find articles about antiques, vintage kitchen stuff, crafts, and other things to do with home life in the past. There’s space for comments and discussion too. Please do take a look and add your thoughts. (Comments don't appear instantly.) For sources please refer to the books page, and/or the excerpts quoted on the pages of this website, and note that many links lead to museum sites. Feel free to ask if you’re looking for a specific reference – feedback is always welcome anyway. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to help you with queries about prices or valuation.
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Sometimes collectibles turn up in really odd places, like your kitchen cabinets and drawers for instance. In fact, some of that old “junk” can be worth quite a bit of cash if offered to the right buyer.