Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday - Kitchen Gadgets


Can you believe it is Thursday again already? Thursday is the favorite day of a lot of people. Today is the the day we get to share all our wonderful vintage treasures.

This week I have some vintage kitchen gadgets to share.


Your grandmother or mother probably had one of these match box holders hanging in their kitchen so she could light her gas stove. This one has a few dents and dings. I'm sure it was not red originally. It looks like it has been spray painted some years ago.

I love the print on the tin top of this little nut grinder. It is imprinted with "Androck 49 5 Made in U.S.A." Because this little jar has a wooden handle, I believe it was produced before 1934 as the company started putting colored plastic handles on them at that time.


These are Bromwell flour sifters. The silver one is a five cup sifter while the one with apples on it is a three cup sifter. I've admired the sifter with the apples on it for several months at our local flea market. It had to come home with me last weekend as I couldn't stand seeing it homeless any more.

This is the inside of the five cup sifter. It looks like it could power through a lot of flour.

This is a little two cup sifter manufactured by Erickson of Des Moines, Iowa. I did some hasty research and it appears the Erickson company put advertising on a lot of their sifters. Research turned up nothing on C. E. Alt from Church, Pennsylvania who was "There with the Goods Motto-- Service and Courtesy". The closest I could come to Church, Pennsylvania was a suburb of Pittsburgh called Churchhill.
This is the inside of the two cup sifter. Instead of turning a handle to sift the flour, this one is shaken from side to side while holding on to its wooden handle.

Lastly, is this vintage metal canister set. It is rusty and faded and probably missing the smallest canister. They were manufactured by Decoware U. S. A.

Suzanne of Coloradolady, our gracious hostess of Vintage Thingies, is also sharing vintage kitchen items this week. Hurry over there to see what she and all the other wonderful participants have to show.

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19 comments:

Coloradolady said...

What wonderful kitchen items. I love the sifters. My mom had a nut grinder like yours, maybe the top a bit different, but the same style. Those worked so much better than the plastic ones of today. Thanks for sharing today. Have a great VTT.

Roslyn Atwood said...

Wow Bea, you could bake up a storm with all those wonderful sifters.I have a nutmeg grinder-bought it in Paris years ago & I love it.

Ulla said...

Cute sifters; I love the ones with text, and apples.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Wow.. this is true Vintagey gadgets.. I love the sifter and match holder.. reminds me of my grandma! thanks for sharing. happy VTT

ClassyChassy said...

Great sifters! I never knew there were so many different kinds!!! The apples one is so cute, but the text one is my fav!

Elizabeth said...

Great kitchen items, Bea!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I'm still drooling over these. I have all of them but the nut grinder. I love old stuff...lol...maybe cause I'm old and it reminds me of my youth.
Molly

Susan said...

Bea, one of my old loves was to collect old kitchen stuff but never did--your pieces are wonderful. But I am loving the whitework linen they are photographed on.;-)

foxxy said...

I like the canisters! Those gadgets are pretty neat too. I have a couple of flour sifters too. Fun things to own.

Sarah said...

I love old kitchen gadgets and have way too many of them. I enjoyed seeing yours and understand your joy in owning them!

Heather said...

I love all your gadgets! Vintage kitchen items (and, of course, linens) are my favorite vintage things.

bj said...

Oh, my...these are just fabulous. I just love flour sifters. I don't have a single one anymore. Haven't a clue where they went....
Thanks for sharing..

Stephanie said...

These sifters remind me of my grandmother. Thanks for the rip down memory lane!

Stephanie

Janet, said...

I love old kitchen gadgets! But there's not much that I don't like.. yours are neat.

gin said...

oh i loved your post. I remember my grandma's kitchen match holder at the stove, and the flour sifter. wonderful memories. thanks for sharing.

farmlady said...

Great kitchen items. Those sifter are wonderful. Look like they got lots of use way back when. I love the fact that each has a different sifting system. Thanks for letting us see how they looked inside.

marybt said...

I really really really like the apple sifter and the match holder.

I light candles often enough that I should really get me one of those match holders. lol.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

oooweeee i love all your kitchen gadgets as i'm a mad keen collector of those things too!!..i ssoo want that adorable little nut grinder :)

Kelly said...

I love the flower sifter with the apples - it is so sweet! ~Kelly
unDeniably Domestic