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 »

This little straw basket is ideal to hold and serve breadstuffs. Researching baskets I found that some folks who make baskets treat them with beeswax.  And I thought that would be a terrific treatment to keep any butter, or frosting from being absorbed into the straw.   I had bought a pound of beeswax for one more »

The story goes that the canned food was invented in 1770s and the can opener didn’t arrive until 1855.   Starting out as just a claw, the shape was improved and the can guard was added quickly by other inventors. The rotating wheel opener was invented in the 1870s and itself underwent multiple revisions.    But more »

Going Hunting Ep 1

New experiments with shooting videos on the road.  I discovered it’s a little awkward on a very busy day in an antique mall.  Especially if I want to narrate. I can understand why other youtubers add a voice over later.   This was a visit to the Waterfront Flea Market in Brunswick, Maine.   I rarely go more »

I bought this 1984 SteelBelted Cooler new and since then it has accumulated a lot of mileage.  The dents and rust are part of its character and don’t affect its function.  On other coolers of this type I have replaced the hinges and handles, even replacement locking mechanisms are available on ebay and from the more »

I picked up these pans last week for $1 dollar each.  I had just made fudge and these had all the scoring of making many batches of fudge.  I have been wanting to break them in but chose not to do it with more Fudge.  These 8″x8″x1″ pans were probably french tart pans.  I am more »

I finally got my hands on this 1899 S Sternau Chafing Dish I have had my eye on.  Not only does it have MOST of the pieces, the stand the cover and the waterbath along with the blazer, but I got it for a literal steal.  The Ebay seller must have had it hanging around more »

While crawling around the chafing dish rabbit hole, I stumbled over something I had never seen before. In the chapter on chafing dish cooking in Fammie Farmer’s 1896 edition of the Boston Cooking School Cook Book, she makes a throwaway mention: ” The Davy Toaster may be used over the chafing dish for toasting and more »