The other use for a ball of string is to make yourself a dish mop (Dish Swab 1875). Sure you can BUY a dish mop anywhere, a plastic handle and a twist of wire. But until recently I’ve never seen one with a replaceable HEAD, which makes the entire device disposable and of questionable sanitation more »

I have been reading back issues of magazines like American Agriculturalist from the 19th century…as one does in winter… in Maine. And I am learning a lot of new skills. One of them is the actual function of the ball of packaging string that one saves into a ball. It’s to make kitchen tools, like more »

One of the most used gadgets in my kitchen drawer is this little aluminum juicer. With a little invesigation I discovered that in 1949 the ‘Barbery’ Juicer’s design was credited to Lucille Barbery a corporate officer of Foley Manufacturing. Patent applied for in 1949, and issued in 1951. I happened to find a nice profile more »

When I suggested to my friend Don Lindgren, owner of Rabelais: Fine Books on Food and Drink in Biddeford, that we put in a rack of vintage and lightly used kitchenware, I really didn’t think he would go for it. He already has an extensive array of antique kitchenware for display and a copper vessel more »

I have been wondering what to do about vessels where the cracks go all the way through to the inside.  So I am running an experiment on this Vintage bean pot.   Burnham and Morrill, of B&M baked beans, used to sell their beans in grocery stores in crocks; eventually switching to cans, though they do more »

I didn’t know I wanted a 94 year old electric tea kettle until I stumbled upon this one on ebay. Actually the seller had labeled it 1918 which was what turned up on my search.  But it is just a charming shape, I couldn’t resist.  So I immediately put it on my shopping list, bought more »

Among the recent acquisitions are two enameware basins, from their weight I would say they are preWWII, perhaps older.  Medical basins are commonly found in pairs, because they sat in frame, where the 1st basin would hold carbolic and water, and the other would be for rinsing.  The chipped enamel on this bowl is not more »

It was pretty awkward to shoot video of the actual shopping this time. I got some scowls and jostling. So we only get to see the loot. A friend was visiting over the holiday and we hit a few of the antique shops in Oxford Maine. I came away with a lot of small items more »

I impulsively scooped up these scissors in an antique shop, because I recognized Soligen Germany as some of the best for blades, and they were still ridiculously sharp without appearing to be resharpened….and they were also $5. F.W.Engels. Solingen. Germany. No. 100 D.R.G.M. with the Hansel and Gretel Logo. Between 1909 and 1943, the F. more »

Normally I go nowhere the weekend after Thanksgiving, but this year I had a houseguest and we hit all the area hot spots for antiquing and used books. On Small Business Saturday we visited Rabelais Fine Books on Food and Drink in Biddeford Maine and then zipped over to DeWolfe and Wood Rare Books in more »