Ask anyone, and they’ve probably got the latest and greatest culinary technology in their kitchen. But what did any cook have in their arsenal before all this technology came to be? There’s this little something some people may call “vintage kitchenalia”. Collectible items range from teakettles to toasters, to stoves and cookie jars. Here, we’ll explore certain types of vintage kitchen pieces.
The Popular Ones
Among the most popular types of kitchen antiques stand the cookie jar. The classic cookie jar is a warm and friendly piece. They came about in the early 1930s. These were a staple in any kitchen, though they weren’t always stocked with cookies as children had hoped. There are a few manufacturers of cookie jars that collectors will look high and low for, the rarest being McCoy Pottery. If you stumble across one of these, you’ve hit the antique jackpot.
Salt And Pepper Shakers
Another welcoming pair of antiques would be salt and pepper shakers. These weren’t always the simple, sleek designs we see today. Depending on the style, they could be as fancy as a well-kept China set, or gaudy and adorable. These were along the same lines as cookie jars. They’ve been replaced with modern glass containers with stainless steel accents, while back in the day, they could’ve been a cute painted pair of cats or sweet love birds. Things were fun back then!
Now, we aren’t talking about the typical bowls you see nowadays. We’re talking about the ceramic mixing bowls such as Yellowware (given such a name because of its yellow appearance given to it by the clay used for its production) and spongeware (given its name for its method of decorating). Sets of mixing bowls were made popular by a familiar brand, Fiesta. These sets, if found in sets, are valuable to any collector. Of course, it depends on who you ask!
Teakettles evoke a sense of comfort. Some of the most popular teakettles of the 19th century were made out of copper or cast iron. These were designed to last, which is why you can still find them sitting in an antique store today. They’ve done their job quite well, haven’t they? Typical copper teakettles from this period would be tinned inside, have a gooseneck spout, a brass lid, and a hinged handle. Then came along electric kettles! Many companies who made copper teakettles tried moving into this new market, but the company that became synonymous with electric teakettles was Russell Hobbs, which introduced its K1 electric kettle in 1955.
The Not So Common Ones
General Electric patented the first successful electric toaster. Then began a run of toaster collecting, from porcelain ones to wood and wire varieties. There is no “premiere” brand or type of toaster to collect.
These may not have been so popular to collect, but they were fun. There are still so many designs to collect from television shows to Disney editions to much, much more. Some of the most sought after types were ones with “Star Trek”.
Where Can I Find Kitchen Collectibles?
If you’re really looking for some good kitchen antique finds, come see us at Back N The Day Antiques! We’ve got an assortment of vintage kitchenalia for you to browse through. And if you have any questions, we’d love to answer them for you. Stop by and see us soon!