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Vintage Kitchen Dishes and Cookware

Inspiration from this came from another thread and we got to talking about vintage kitchen dishes and cookware. Well you might note that I like vintage kitchen bowls, based on my avatar. I am wondering what you like to collect and why?
I love the pyrex because it is very functional and the designs and colours on the bowls evoke happy memories which in turn make me a happy baker.

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    1. I like hostest aprons, salt cellars( the tiny victorian glass ones ), as far as cookware I love my giant stoneware mixing bowl..the bottom rim is unglazed and you can see where the orginal owner had sharpened her knives against the stone... I also collect wooden spoons...my mom got me started on this one..if you hold a heavy old well made spoon it almost feels like a magic wand..

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      1. re: girloftheworld

        I like old wooden spoons as well, I think the spell that is cast is one of good recipe making.

      2. When I got married in 1975, my mother gave me what was left of the Wedgwood Wellesley that she'd gotten when she got married in 1951.
        We had used the Wedgwood daily all those years for family meals, and every handle was broken off cups and bowls. I couldn't find affordable replacements for years, until Ebay came around.
        Then I spent several years adding to, and replacing as many pieces as I needed, and some I didn't need (Coffee pot, covered pedestal vegetable bowl, teacups and saucers).
        Now my kids are grown and gone, after using that set daily when they were still home.
        Both boys are out of college and on their own, and neither wants the Wedgwood at this point. I can't decide if I should sell it all (I have other perfectly nice dishes that are colorful and fun), or hang onto it, waiting for one of the boys to marry some lucky young woman (no signs of that happening soon) who may cherish the old family dishes.

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        1. re: kitchengardengal

          Please hang on to them, they are lovely.

          1. re: Ruthie789

            my mom left my biological dad with nothing just us and the the car..long story we refer to it as the flood because we no longer have anything baby books or annnnnnything....the only thing she had was her wedding china because it had been stored at my grand parents due to lack of space.. anyway we were in a little apartment eating off lennox Urban lights when Huricaine Katrina hit and I remember her saying " those people have it a lot worse then we do' She heard about a newlywed who had lost her wedding china and everything.. And thought about all those happy brides..she packed up her china... and wrote across the box FOR A KATRINA BRIDE, and sent it to one of the relief centers....she married my stepfather the next year...they didnt get china.. she has rented it a few times when she has needed it ..I doubt she would want tainted first marriage china anyway... I would like to think that her china made somebody very happy... and I feel very selfish but I wish she would have saved them for me.

            1. re: girloftheworld

              You are not selfish ;) The beauty of Replacements is you can have that pattern, or any other, and you can buy it a little at a time. Loooove Replacements ... my family are not sharers, so I have bought my own (and now, my stuff is better than theirs--at least to me it is :D). I have a very nice collection of rare Homer Laughlin English Garden, made in 1933 only on Century vellum. I also collect aqua ... mostly Lu-Ray, but also others such as Homer Laughlin and Vernon Kilns in the same color.

              I too have Pyrex, and also find it pricey, or I'd have more. For instance I have no Gooseberry ... I too have Butterprint in honor of my great-aunt. The very day after she died, without asking anyone, some relatives donated practically the entire contents of her kitchen to Goodwill, including all her Pyrex. No, I didn't want the lamps with angels, no, I didn't want the celadon ... I wanted the darn Pyrex and the Tupperware measuring cup like mom's, that's what I wanted. All gone.

              I have a large collection of glass (along with some pottery & enamel) refrigerator dishes, which I use ... jadite dishes (service for ~9), bowls, storage, measuring cups ... Vernon Kilns Our America in brown/white ... many pottery and glass vases ... many glass and pottery mixing bowls ... etc., etc.

              Pretty much the only things I buy new for the kitchen are pots and pans and Emma Bridgewater mugs.

              1. re: girloftheworld

                Maybe she will get you some happy china, girloftheworld, that doesn't have sad memories attached.
                Your mom sounds like a kind woman.

                1. re: girloftheworld

                  Your mother sounds like a grande lady.

            2. Ruthie, I have my mom's pyrex and corningware. In addition to the cheerful patterns, I love that the pieces (miraculously) have all their lids, making storage in them a breeze. Whenever I'm in a Salvation Army store, etc, I search for lidded additions...hard to find with lids in my area.

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              1. re: pinehurst

                I sometimes see the lids at our second hand store. Pyrex is quite expensive now. I used to pick it up for under $10.00 a piece. Not so these days.

              2. I love the Figgjo dishes from the 1960's. I only had one piece, a squat pitcher that I used to nuke water for tea and drip coffee. Though it got scorching hot, its lip poured flawlessly, unlike my Pyrex measuring cup, that drips down the outside.

                I broke my pitcher, and during the year that I haunted eBay looking for an affordable Figgjo piece in the same shape, I fell for the shape of their egg cups. I now have 5, but thankfully that flirtation did not blossom into full-blown pocillovy, a word I learned in the process. It means the collecting of egg cups. I wound up with a pitcher in a different pattern by the same artist (Turi Gramstad Oliver) as designed the art on the broken one.

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                1. re: greygarious

                  My cousin has a whole set of the above but in blue and I am envious. They are so well thought out for serving food and maintain the heat. I have two pieces a cup and a bowl, and my Dad has claimed the bowl for his morning porridge. I keep an eye out for them.

                  1. re: Ruthie789

                    The sleek Scandinavian design of the Figgjo ware is still attractive today. The Shakers would approve - of the undecorated pieces, anyway. I pant at the sight of the covered casserole dishes and platters. If my cabinets were not already overfilled, I'd be collecting some of those.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      I love those pieces especially the last one, very geometric and retro.

                2. My wife remembers a mug from her childhood, where an animal was at the bottom of the mug. If she didn't hurry and drink her milk, the poor animal could drown. Into our adult years, she (and I) have returned to this memory, with a small collection of animals-in-the-bottom-of-the-mug mugs. There was the time we served the pastor a cup of coffee with a surprise ceramic frog at the bottom. Well, somehow, by coincidence, some bubbles got caught under the frog or whatever, and the frog was sending up bubbles and noises before the pastor got to the "surprise." And when he actually saw the shape of something down there, he thought it was real...

                  I have 1 bright school bus yellow Fiestaware mug, a favorite because of my favorite color and the simple functionality of the mug. And Roseville Pottery, Ohio, had the most utilitarian, unpretentious bland grey coffee mug back in its day. I have a few of these for the sheer unadorned solid look and feel of them.

                  We are not going to start collecting Blue Willow plates and service, but when I see it in the antique shops, I think of Mom's kitchen. I am sure she had the buy-one-set-a-week version from the A&P. You will very likely hear from some Blue Willow collectors in the course of this thread.

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                  1. re: Florida Hound

                    I had that one-set-a-week Blue Willow, from Jewel.
                    It stayed with the ex-husband, and I took my Wedgwood.

                    I read once that you should always feed your kids on memorable china, so that's what I did.

                    1. re: Florida Hound

                      I have the Blue Willow and use it all the time. I am still not tired of it.

                      1. re: Florida Hound

                        Lived in Japan in the early 50s. We had some teacups (western style) that when you finished your drink a Japanese woman's face would appear. It was sandwiched in the china. I've always wondered how they did that.

                        1. re: Florida Hound

                          I collected blue willow (Japan, with fat birds) when I was younger. It was what my grandmother had. Many early TV shows used it.

                          1. re: wekick

                            ohhh my moms had those...she use to tell me the story of the two lovers who got changed into birds... and give me tea.

                            1. re: girloftheworld

                              You have a wonderful mom. Everyone should be so lucky.

                        2. My sister has the 4-pc set of nexting Pryex bowls from house we grew up in... yellow, red, green, blue... I think. They're in PERFECT condition for being over 60 years old... probably cuz we didn't have a dishwasher!?! NO chips, cracks or noticable scratches. I still have all 3 bowls from a 3-pc set that I got as a wedding gift in early 70's... "olive green" was popular then. Have a slightly mis-matched 4-pc set that I found piece by piece at yard sales & thrift shops... a PINK bowl is odd man out.

                          Have a few things from my Grandmother's kitchen that are just plain practical and will probably never need to be replaced. Her good old Foley food mill is indestructible. Have her old, beat-up, aluminum canning funnel, too.

                          Have a set of Stangl that my grandmother bought me as a wedding gift, way back when. We went to the factory outlet, when it used to be in Flemington, NJ, and picked thru MANY patterns before we found 8 place settings with no chips. All the stuff was irregular... some with chips, some just minor flubs in the painting.

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                          1. re: kseiverd

                            The search for the primary colour nesting bowls started my Pyrex accumulation.

                          2. I have way too many bowls, many of them PYREX. My local goodwill still has it cheap. I have the primary color set almost x2, at $2-3 a piece. I have the green, pink and Delphite blue sets. Those I picked up at antique malls/thrift stores. I also have a set of old Fiesta mixing bowls and a FireKing red and green polka dot egg nog bowl. We use them all as we have a lot of parties. I would collect more dishes if I had room! I love restaurant dishes especially for kids. I collect almost anything kitchen.

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                                1. re: wekick

                                  Oh my I do need to change my glasses.

                              1. between the vintage le crueset, the russell wright and the cast iron cookware...i've got quite a bit of vintage in my kitchen. i want some cathrineholm cookware - haven't found any yet that i'm willing to pay for. it's getting popular i notice..

                                i've lately been interested in vintage stoneware, such as heath and japanese shungyo.

                                1. I don't collect as such but have around 50 pieces of Morely Ware from the 1920's. As well as various sizes of plates and cups there's a teapot and platters and tureens. It cost about £40 from a junk shop iirc. At that price it's cheaper than Ikea and it's used every day.

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                                    1. re: Paprikaboy

                                      Oh! I have a teacup in that pattern. It has the yellow/green flowers on the front, and green flower on the back. Part of my collection of random Deco things :)

                                      1. Oh gee, we've got those primary color nesting bowls too! They get used almost every day. I suspect a lot of stuff in the kitchen is vintage, but I never really thought about it - we just use it. Mom's measuring cups are 4 different colors of colored metal (maybe aluminum?) and there's a glass measuring cup with a metal-lidded, springy handle chopper and little wood circle that goes in the bottom. No plastic.

                                        I bought her a 70s era electric knife from Etsy to replace one she had once upon a time. She couldn't find anything new that she liked.

                                        My fave vintage piece is a 12-cup muffin pan from my grandmother's estate. It weighs a ton, and appears to be made of of aluminum. If I hold it just right, I think there's a Reynolds logo stamped on it, but it's very worn (and impossible to photograph). I've looked online for info about any bakeware they made, but didn't find anything. I've no idea how old it is, other than "really old", lol! I could probably bend most modern muffin pans in half without a lot of effort. There's no way with this thing - and you could probably knock someone out with it. I got a couple of mini recipe pamphlets from her too, one with a chocolate "chip" cookie recipe that pre-dates the availability of chips. You had to break up the chocolate bar.

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                                        1. re: Stardustgirl

                                          Sounds like you have some keepers. Our bakeware today is light and not always the best quality. Maybe the tins were heavier for the wood oven.

                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                            That's a possibility, but I think her stove was electric. The one thing I do remember about my grandma's stove was that it had a burner that seemed to be on some kind of spring and when you put the stock pot on it, it lowered down inside the stove, instead of sitting atop a burner. I thought that was the coolest thing - but then I was probably 5. :-D

                                            1. re: Stardustgirl

                                              Those heavy pans may have been your grandmother's, or older. I am in my 60's. When I was little, my parents replaced the gas stove with an electric one that had a well, with an electric coil in the bottom, and an aluminum stockpot that fit down inside. No spring, though, just handles on the pot to lift it out. I suppose the idea was that the contents would get more heat on the sides with the pot contained in a metal well. I still have the pot. Electric stoves were pretty new at the time, and all the rage. I do remember we sometimes took a bus and subway from suburban Long Island to visit my parents' older friends in Queens. Their apartment still had a cast iron stove. I can't remember if they used wood or coal but I can still picture the flame when the door was opened to refill the firebox. Quite a leap to today's microwaves and induction burners.

                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                We had a wood cooking stove in our cottage and the food that came from it was delicious.

                                                1. re: greygarious

                                                  I'm not sure how long she had that pan, if it was from early in her marriage or something that was handed down from an older relative. Dad has no idea (bakeware is something not even close to being on his radar). If I knew of other pieces from that line I'd try to track them down. I really love this thing.

                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                    Hi, greygarious:

                                                    One of my stoves is a 1950s GE "Airliner", and it has the well feature. It didn't have its OEM stocker, but I found a vintage one with cover to fit. You just move the left-rear coil to the bottom of the well, drop in the stocker, and cook away. It's a really nice feature, IMO.


                                                    1. re: kaleokahu

                                                      I have had so many issues with new appliances, I am considering replacing my current range with a vintage one.

                                                      1. re: wekick

                                                        I have ordered a vintage refrigerator ... right now I'm in a long line waiting for it to be restored.

                                            2. I love old bowls. A set of nesting Hazel Atlas green glass depression-era bowls makes me happy every day, and they're in constant use one: the smaller ones as cheese domes, prep bowls, and serving dishes for guac and tzatziki; the larger as containers for fruit and veg.

                                              I've got a set of six narrower-ribbed gold-yellow glass bowls from the same era, by Federal; the smaller ones are great cheese domes, and the biggest ones are handy for occasional high-volume preps.

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                                              1. re: ellabee

                                                Old bowls are like little jewels especially depression glass.

                                                1. re: ellabee

                                                  Btw, you may already know that gold glass is called 'amber' ... just thought I'd mention in case you ever want to look for more ...

                                                  I love having things that make me happy every day, and the kitchen's a great place for them :)

                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                    I've seen an ad from the late 1930s in which the Federal bowls are offered in 'Golden Glo' ... ;>

                                                2. This thread reminds me about a long-gone 16 oz measuring cup my mother had. It was green depression glass, designed without a handle but with three identical spouts. The markings were probably in ounces and metric but for the life of me, I can't imagine the rationale for the 3 spouts. The picture is an eBay listing of a one-cup version. Anyone know the history of this style?

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                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                    Hmm, I don't know. I've seen those multi-spout measuring cups ... The only thing that occurs to me is, if you were using the cup to measure different types of liquid for the same recipe without washing it between, say dairy, molasses, and oil, a fresh spout for each would be useful.

                                                    ellabee, I should have said, amber is the generic collectors' name for the color. It's quite true that different companies had their own names for colors that were produced by multiple companies.

                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                      maybe if you were spliting between two jars you would put a jar on either side and just tip it back and fourth to make "quicker " work?

                                                    2. I have a big thing for foley forks. I just cant have just 1!
                                                      I search flea markets and really they are hard to find.
                                                      I have 4-5 now.
                                                      They are great tools for stiring, mashing, frying, - A wonderful multipurpose tool!!

                                                      I also collect good knives!! I get giddy when I find a good knive to add to my collection.

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                                                      1. re: windward

                                                        This RSVP Endurance fork's handle has the right curve though the picture doesn't show it. I got one recently and am finding it very useful. Not as fun as scouring a flea, though! ;-)

                                                      2. I have a lot of old bowls which are both out on display and used every time I bake. Lots of McCoy and other crockery type bowls. I also have a big sets of Pfaltzgraph brown drip dishes/bowls and bean pot that was a hand me down from my mom as well as old cast iron skillets that were my grandmothers.

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                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                          I have a McCoy bean pot but never use it and some flower pots. It's great that you have so many items from grandmothers.

                                                        2. I collect the dishware that I believe they gave away in grocery stores in the 50s/60s, with the "stamps". I have two patterns, one is Marcrest Swiss Alpine http://www.ebay.com/bhp/marcrest-swis... and the other is Marcrest Nest Stone in what I believe is called Diamond Carousel http://modish.net/nest-stone I use the serving pieces on special occasions as they go nicely with my white dishes. When I was single I used the dinner plates occasionally too, but it was easy to hand wash one dinner plate versus a Thanksgiving's dinner worth :)

                                                          The Swiss Alpine is pretty easy to find, the Diamond one not so much.

                                                          I also have all of my grandmother's depression glass, and a great metal set of canisters with black bakelite-like handles and art decoey looking black labels. Also have an electric butter warmer, I'm assuming from the 60s. Oh, and I have the blue and red pyrex bowls gifted to me from a kind Chowhounder :)

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                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                            Included a picture of one of my Diamond Carousel platters, perfect for a small cake :)

                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                              I think you favour the turquoise blue. I like both very much, very vintage.

                                                              1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                Yes I do :) My old kitchen was painted a lighter color of that blue, and all my accents were red. One of my favorite color combinations.

                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                  The turquoise blue and red are a great pairing. I have been picking up odds and ends of turquoise dishes, they all blend in well together. I have a little collection going. I like it too and the willow blue as well.

                                                              2. re: juliejulez

                                                                I have become a huge fan of MCM since the advent of Pinterest. Sadly I don't have the budget, space or decor to be able to incorporate it into my home. Love your Diamond Carousel!

                                                                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                  Yeah it all looked very cute in my various 1920s apartments in Chicago (even had cafe curtains I found on Ebay with hand embroidered turquoise flowers), but now that I'm living in a 2008 built tract home in the far reaches of the suburbs, it's not so cute with hickory cabinets and earth tone countertops and backsplash and SO's "big" furniture (mostly in brown). I currently have nowhere to display my things, and my furniture pieces look really teeny next to the big overstuffed couches and 10 foot ceilings. Eventually though, we are going to custom build a house and I will get to design the kitchen to my liking... including display shelves for my things :)

                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                    Omg, those curtains sound to die for! Any pics laying around?

                                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                      I'll have to see if I have photos of them on my home computer. They really were adorable. My friend once came in and said "this looks like my grandma's kitchen" and I said "YES! That's what I was going for"

                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                        I wish I had my grandmother's kitchen, fully tiled and it had a white and turquoise chrome table which is now my Aunt's basement. She uses it to fold clothes on, ugh!

                                                                    2. re: juliejulez

                                                                      I have a 1920s house, and for me, there is nothing like housing from that period. I grew up in one ... its charm was covered in 1970s shag & I didn't give it much thought, but now I find I really need to live in an old house. I have been accused by a visitor of having an 'antique fetish' because 'all your stuff is old.' When I started pointing out things that were new, I was told that even my new stuff looks old! I suppose it's all true ... all but the fetish. This is completely normal!

                                                                2. I collect Griswold cast iron. I have a variety of pieces from a high base waffle iron to skillets of various sizes and a round griddle. One of my large skillets is an Erie ( 1865-1909) with the heat ring. I use my griddle and smaller skillet almost daily. Those are from the 1920-1940 era.

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                                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                                    I like them I have not ever seen Grisold cast iron at any yard sales, looks like heavy duty good quality.