There is an extensive range of vintage kitchenware that is considered to be highly collectible such as stoves, skillets, toasters, and teakettles. Many of these items, apart from being great decorative pieces, have withstood the test of time and are still in good working condition.
Popular vintage kitchenware
The earliest collectible cookie jars date back to the early 1930s. McCoy Pottery decorative jars made during this period are among those that are known to command a handsome price in today’s vintage kitchenware collectibles market. Popular cookie jars made by this company include those that feature an African American Mammy.
American Bisque of West Virginia on the other hand is known for using animal designs such as pigs, kittens, rabbits, and puppies on their jars.
Molds or moulds are also popular among collectors. During the Victorian era, molds made of copper were preferred by chefs while home kitchens generally settled for cheaper ones made of tin. Vintage copper molds make great display items especially when hung on kitchen walls.
During the mid-19th century, molds made of ceramic were highly desired by cooks. Many ceramic molds produced by Staffordshire potters during this period were made using ironstone (a type of common earthenware). A lot gingerbread and cookie makers during this part of the 19th century also made use of specially designed ceramic molds. By pressing dough into such molds, bakers were able to make sweet products that had interesting shapes or forms.
Bowls are also considered to be highly collectible kitchenware items. Earthenware Company, Jersey City Porcelain, and some potteries in Pennsylvannia and Kentucky are known for making yellowware bowls that were as wide as 18 inches across. These bowls were made using molds that feature etchings such as vertical and horizontal lines. Accents that potteries used for these bowls include single or multiple pink, blue, or white stripes. Yellowware bowls are also distinguished by their thick rims, which allowed a cook to hold the side of the bowl with one hand, while stirring a mixture with the other.
Some highly desirable 20th century ceramic mixing bowls were made using a technique called spongeware. Red Wing Stoneware, one of those potteries that employed this process, were known for making bowls that have a small rim and functional base.
Fiesta mixing bowls that were made from 1936 to 1943 were generally tall and have small bodies. The paints that were used to color them though are thought to be slightly radioactive.
Many vintage collectible teakettles produced during the 19th century were made using cast iron or copper. Most of these kettles feature a gooseneck spout, a hinged handle, and a brass lid. Collectors particularly like these pieces as many are in good condition and can still be used in the kitchen.
The 1920s and 1930s was when electric teakettles started to invade the market. During this period, many firms who previously made cast iron and copper teakettles shifted their production to making electric teakettles. Few though were able to match the success of Russell Hobbs, a company renowned then for making state of the art electric powered teakettles.
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