I picked up this Cartson Pewter (Freeport Pennsylvania) Pewter charger (that’s the underplate for a dinner plate) and it had this stubborn stain on it. Pewter is metal alloy, traditionally composed of 85–99% tin and is not as reactive a metal as aluminum. The stain survived quite a bit of washing, even some elbow grease more »

The Jacob Bromwell Flour sifter – iconic, insanely perfectly designed device. So perfect in fact, it has 100 imitators. Invented in 1926 by Thomas G Melish for the Bromwell Wire Goods Company, it is still being made in Indiana today by the Jacob Bromwell company. Although a flour sifter is no longer a required item more »

I picked up this table top clam shucker last week for a couple of bucks. This particular design invented by Kevin Frieswick in 2004  is still being sold, but from what the reviews tell me, the new ones are being made with less care than this one. This is a nice sturdy hardwood and firmly more »

I have always wanted to experiment with Ovenex this funky bakeware experiment of Ecko’s from 1936. The  waffle texture was supposed to be easier to clean and transmit heat better.  I am not sure either of those are true, as it works just as well as other layer cake pans. What I can say is more »

I got a good look at the gears on these two items, and figured it was time to actually clean them. The Swing Away wasn’t vintage when I bought it, but is is now, they still look the same. The Top Off Edlund Bottle and jar opener is a terrific little device. I derusted and more »

These are three of the wooden handled utensils I have picked up recently to use in my kitchen. Wooden handled utensils were doomed when dishwashers became common. Those with the finish intact are collectible, and those with less than perfect paint jobs are everywhere. With one rattle can you can spruce up a lot of more »

I am fascinated with this unusual tinned steel pan, I have never seen one this old with straps and rivets instead of lead solder. So the chance to restore it for use was exciting. My best guess is that it was 1880s, as I did find an advert with a strapped frame and rivets instead more »

I salvaged these vintage Boltaware bar trays from my basement where they were languishing post flooding. But before I could use them again for anything they needed a bit of a scrub and buff. They are such an awkward shape, that they always live in the gap next to the fridge so they always need more »

I do realize I am always saying, wipe all the vintage steel items down with mineral oil after you clean it and before you put it away. But caring for old metal ware makes it as important as dish soap. Put the mineral oil in a small spray bottle, any bottle. As soon as the more »

I hadn’t meant to buy another Foley Food Mill, but it seems I am seeing them everywhere.    Though they have been around since 1933 and are still made and sold by Mirro, not many people need or use them anymore, I think their biggest detraction is storage.  It is just such an odd shape. more »