We’re taking a look at vintage utensils this week – those useful, kitchen tools from the humble wooden spoon to the wonderfully named kitchemajig.
No kitchen should be without a wooden spoon – preferably a few.
They come in a wide variety of sizes, have multiple uses, they don’t scratch pots & pans… and also develop a lovely character over years of use.
We keep ours in this lovely, old wooden rack…
… another potful next to the stove…
…and still more hanging from this ancient iron well hook.
It’s useful having them close at hand wherever we happen to be working in the kitchen. There’s always the perfect spoon for a particular job.
This one has such a wonderful patina that it’s now been retired from general use and sits happily on a shelf enjoying its life of leisure… with a pair of child’s antique wooden clogs for company!
Of course kitchen tools don’t stop with the wooden spoon… there are palette knives, ladles, forks, fish slices, whisks etc, etc, etc.
Some utensils are multi-functional like the aforementioned kitchemajig…
…others have very specific uses such as the tomato slicer, butter curler and pastry blender.
Do rolling pins count as utensils?
We think they probably do – made from wood, pottery, marble, or in the case of this Pyrex example, glass.
The heyday for utensils – well our favourite era at least – was the 1950s & 60s. Names such as Skyline, Prestige & Tala.
Chrome & stainless steel tools mounted on lovely painted wooden handles available in a rainbow of colours.
They’re a great way of adding a vintage touch to an otherwise contemporary kitchen. They look good in sets of the same colour…
…or mixed & matched.
We picked up this wonderful set recently – boxed and with its original hanging rack. One small problem though, someone was obviously in desperate need of the lipped, oval spoon… and removed it.
We’re now on a quest for a 50-year-old lipped spoon, in pristine condition, in the right colours – no easy task!
We’ve got boxes full of coffee services short of one cup, storage jars waiting for matching lids and cutlery sets missing the odd knife or teaspoon. It’s all a matter of keeping your eyes open and being patient.
We’re currently relishing reading through a huge pile of 1950s/60 Ideal Home magazines, they’re full of fantastic ads for furniture, fabrics and housewares, including the odd one for kitchen utensils…
…like these for Tala and Prestige.
By coincidence, just as we were writing this post, we sold this lovely Prestige set with their classic 1950s, diamond-patterned handles.
If you manage to find one that you love, a kitchen utensil is of those wonderful items that can give you a little bit of pleasure every time you use it – have you got a favourite?