Monday, November 9, 2009

Antique Kitchen Gadgets

Check out these very cool old kitchen utensils I found in my recent thrift store travels: I'm not sure what this one is, though (I had to have it anyway). It looks somewhat like a wood graining tool for doing a faux wood finish. Anyone have any ideas what it might have been used for?

The back of it is stamped with a patent date of November 6, 1906. I was really intrigued by how old it is. And it was only $1.50, so I splurged. :)And I might even put this old fashioned whisk to use. There was a woman standing next to me while I was admiring this in the store. She said, "My mother used to use one just like that. She recently passed away. She was 101 years old." Sold. And some old, weathered tongs (for lack of the proper term) for removing hot canning jars. Not that I ever do any canning. But the wood on the handles was just really smooth and time worn and again, I was intrigued by the age of this. Makes me wonder about the person who used this and what their story was???

And yes, a shameless plug for my friend Marj's aprons! (this one is now hanging in my kitchen). I thought it was appropriate for this post, since undoubtedly the woman who used these utensils wore one, too.

14 comments:

Dusty Devoe said...

Those are really great utensils. I love to find treasures like that. I got my bunny magnet yesterday and I love it! Thank You!!!

Julie Harward said...

Hi there, I love old kitchen gadgets too, those are neat ones! Hey, I'm having a GIVE A WAY on my blog...Come say hi :D

Alejandro said...

Your blog is very good. Congratulations =)

Gail said...

Treasures!

Judy said...

That tool was used for wood graining.Back in the day when people could not afford the more expensive wood they would faux paint a grain on cheaper wood to make it look like it was costly.

I love antiques, I buy and sell, but the fun is in the hunt! I think you will agree.

Phyllis said...

I think I remember my grandmother having a wisk like that.

....um...sure looks like a wood graining tool to me!

Cowgirl Goods said...

YOU SCORED! The bottom photo that person did a lot of canning. The top thing...hmmm. I'll ask my Mom if she knows. NICE apron;)

Desert Rose said...

My momused to use canning tons just like that!!! Great memory!

Shelly's Stuff Jewelry said...

What great finds. I've been keeping my eyes peeled for those kind of things to hang on the walls once I get the interior painted!

The Urban Cowboy said...

The older kitchen utensils are much better than the stuff you find now. I searched for almost a month to find an old style potato masher...I kept breaking the newer, cheaper ones.

Christina said...

Amazing! If those utensils could talk, think of the stories they might tell.

BlackStar said...

The canning tool is called a jar lifter. I love old kitchen utensils and pick them up whenever I see them. Etsy has a great selection of them too.

Deborah said...

Those are nice and old! The last one looks like something they would have use to pick up a bottle out of boiling water, but did they do that back then? Who knows! Good find though!

gtyyup said...

Great scores! After my mom passed, I got most all of her old kitchen stuff; one of which was a set of pots and pans probably at least 40 years old, but still in great working condition. I use them now and when the lid lifts to let the steam out of what I'm cooking, it's the same sound I remember growing up...that's something that's hard to replace.