I have picked up a few 1950s FLINT US Stainless Steel Utensils lately.  Decades of constant washing and drying and exposure to the minerals causes plastic handles to roughen up and look beaten.  This type of plastic is pretty indestructible otherwise.  The rough surface can be sanded smooth or even burnished with steel wool and more »

Usually I just give my 1990 Kitchenaid a good wipe down everytime I use it. But I took this occassion to break down both mine and my mother’s 2001 machine and clean all the nooks and crannies.  Aside from dishtowels and a good antibacterial spray,  you need a scrub brush to get into all the more »

I picked this ladle and chan (think food shovel) out of a thriftstore .99 tub, their handles were loose as anything but it saves me from having to buy new ones in the Asian market.  I have become attached to using Gorilla Glue to repair unglued handles. Unlike PVA and other acrylic glues which shrink 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 simply can’t remember where I found this charming little bread knife…though know I didn’t pay much for it. I can’t pin down the exact date, but I am pretty certain it’s at least 100 years old. The remarkable thing is that the bolster and blade are still tight in the handle. It was also more »

I found this blackened earthenware dish hiding in a corner of an antique shop. It screamed rescue me. And it took almost not time at all to turn it from a eyestore into the centerpiece of my bread baking universe. It is surprising what you can do with a little baking soda, a nail brush more »