Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kitchen Antiques

There are some things that I value so highly that no matter how many I already have, I won't be passing them up if I find them at a great price. These antique linen towels are one. Forget that they were a pair, and that they even have our own monogram!

Thick and wonderful, they will probably last another hundred years. Their plain and simple beauty only adds to the attraction for me.

Kitchen antiques in general are one of my weaknesses. And I love being surrounded by old collections. 

This old brown yellow ware bowl is a recent find. It holds no more than two or three cups, but still manages to hold a spell over me.

Old baking tins are hard to pass up.

And old pieces like this tin sifter seem to have universal appeal. When they turn up they can be very inexpensive, and can be a nice add-on or embellishment to another gift. But only for the vintage "worthy"!

An old heavy milk jug with just the right color and crazing turned up recently too.

The recent stuff all blends in with the old, making for a happy new kitchen combination. 

I'm lucky enough to have a few family artifacts like Grandma Audrey's old fall themed dotted swiss apron from the thirties. I've used it, and others, countless times over decades to tie babies into vintage high chairs lacking the modern straps attached for the same purpose. But an apron does double duty by catching spills!

An old apron is a thing of beauty to invite into a traditional family holiday of giving thanks.

Among numberless other things, I'm thankful for these small legacies of the past.

Tied to us as firmly as apron strings.

Making us feel as securely attached to our family history as babies in a chair.

Wishing you all the blessings of a memorable Thanksgiving, wherever our family members may be!
Ciao! for now!


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  1. Love it, Jacqueline.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  2. I love the old things too, they rake me right back to my mama and grandma's kitchens...and all those warm memories. Have a great Thanksgiving. :D

  3. Beautiful things - beautiful photographs. Particularly like the apron.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Oh , a post after my heart .
    I believe OLD is beautiful and not only because IT IS beautiful, but rather because it is infused with history and memories ...Kitchen collectibles are my recent passion ( for no particular reason ) and I enjoy everything you've shown today .Your family treasures are PRICELESS and I adore these linen towers and this old tin measuring cup .

    Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving !

  5. How lucky to have found the old towels with your initials already on them! How often does that happen? I love the things you showed. The patina, the love and history, all the meals each item helped cook. Sometimes kitchen things hold a beautiful, almost tangible karma.

  6. Fine linen. I have many antique linen towels and they are the best :-)


  7. Beautiful post! I love old kitchen pieces also and it is hard for me to pass them up. You found some really great pieces. Love the apron! The towels are so nice and will prove to be useful as well as beautiful to look at and display. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. I'm just stopping by new blogs and thought id leave a comment. Id like to wish you and your readers a very Happy Thanksgiving and the memories that go along with it. Richard from Amish Stories.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to You .. I love all things quite enjoyed viewing and reading your post... Please do visit me at the Grand Lady anytime ... for Tuesday Teatime....Thanks for sharing ... Hugs

  10. Wonderful! I have a thing for all things old in the kitchen too. I may not pick it up and bring it home but what a treat to take a glimpse down the road of time!

  11. Your kitchen antiques are lovely! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your Family!


  12. Wonderful pictures and wonderful thoughts, Jacqueline! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  13. I love all your vintage kitchen wares! That bowl is really cute. Happy Thanksgiving wishes from Canada. Hugs, Pamela

  14. I adore old baking tins! I can tell from looking how absorbent those dish cloths are.

  15. Lovely post and a Happy Thsnksgiving to you too.

  16. What a lovely post. Your grandma's dotted swiss apron is a real treasure. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

  17. Yes I love all that vintage kitchenalia too, makes for a warm, cosy kitchen. x j

  18. Hey there!Love the kitchen wares.Enchanting how a tiny thing can bring memories:)You seem to have a thing for photography too.Great pictures.Oh and love the apron.Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    Antique Furniture

  19. I too love kitchen antiques and vintage gear... my dilemna is, how to display them without creating chaos? I've been searching for images of kitchen decorating to try and come up with a good plan...any ideas?

    happy Thanksgiving!

  20. These are lovely kitchen antiques. My grandma had a wooden spoon almost identical to yours.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. I adore kitchen antiques. Thank you for sharing:)


  22. Happy,Happy Thanksgiving Miss Jacqueline to you & yours!
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  23. Hi Jacqueline...

    My friend, this is such a lovely post! It felt like I was back in my Grandma's kitchen. I believe that she had and used every one of the items that you showed! LOVELY!

    Warmest wishes to you and your family for a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, dear lady!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  24. What a beautiful and happy post, from the vintage towels to the jug to your grandmother's apron.I'm glad when other people have respect for old things!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. I am passing along some of my antique crockery bowls to my daughter this year. One was my grandmothers bowl. Precious memories!!

  26. You have a wonderful collection of kitchen antiques.

  27. Hi!
    Lovely old things! Beautiful pictures...
    Have a nice weekend!
    Best wishes from a cold and wind island and Titti

  28. I'm smilin'!!
    I too use my old inherited aprons to tie the newest members of the herd into my Granddad's 1880's high chair. It's called "spreading the generation to another".
    Thank you so much for the LATE Friday afternoon smile!!
    Have a good weekend.


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