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Collectible Kitchenware

There are thousands of categories of kitchenware collectibles including antique grinders, toasters, ice cream scoops, kitchen tools, cookware, and bowls. People also collect larger items such as vintage cookstoves and ice boxes that once provided food. If you are thinking about starting a kitchenware collection or creating a retro look in your kitchen, consider what type of kitchenware items match your interests.

What are antique and vintage teapots?

The first teapots were made about 1500 when tea lovers started brewing fine ground tea leaves in water, and they were fashioned after wine ewers. These pots were usually made of purple clay from Jiangsu, China, which turned brown when fired and naturally absorbed the oil. This improved the taste with frequent use.

Later, porcelain sets containing tea saucers, teacups, and sugar bowls were brought by tea lovers in England. By the start of the 18th century, red stoneware became the popular medium. The process continued to change with the introduction of fine porcelain in the 19th century. Many antique and vintage collections center around transferware pieces from Staffordshire pottery and Fiestaware.

What are antique and vintage cookie jars?

Figural jars are a common choice for antique and vintage kitchenware collectors. One of the earliest of these was the 10-inch tall trashcan-shaped ceramic jar made by Brush Kolorkraft in 1929. Many collectors focus their cookie jar collection on one manufacturer including:

  • McCoys
  • McKee Glass
  • Louisville Pottery
  • Harper J. Ransburg Company
  • American Bisque of West Virginia
  • Brush Pottery
  • Red Wing Stoneware

Others focus on a particular type of jar such as an animal, person, Walt Disney character, or Harley Davidson model.

What are antique and vintage coffee mills?

The first dedicated coffee mills were invented by Nicholas Book in 1665, although other types of mills had been used for many years. Thomas Bruff received the first United States patent for a coffee mill in 1798. His invention and other copies of it became prominent throughout general stores in the United States.

There were various designs available, including those with one wheel or two, along with mills made to stand on the floor and those designed to sit on a countertop. These mills found their way into many homes, with some being made to sit on a housewife's lap. Collectors often focus on American mill manufacturers including Charles Parker Co., Fray & Clark, Arcade King, and Logan & Strobridge.

What are antique and vintage toasters?

While people have held a piece of bread on a long stick over a campfire to make toast for millennia, the first electric toaster was not invented until Albert L. Marsh introduced chromel, which he patented on February 6, 1906. Despite the fact that his ToastStove failed, it led the way for other manufacturers, including Waters-Genter Company, All-Rite Company, and Landers, Frary & Clark.

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