Offering a large pine tool carrier with canted sides and square nails. This piece is circa 1850-1880. This carrier has a pleasing design with a wonderful patina. All sides have been cleaned, finished and polished. The extended handle is one piece. It has re-set nails with tight seams.
It measures 22"L, 15.5"W, 7.5" T at handle top. It is in excellent condition with many uses! A piece of art just by itself.
Ceramic hot water bottles were common in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These were used to warm your bed, feet and hands. Traveling in cold weather required foot warmers as trains, carriages and sleighs were unheated. As rail travel took off, foot warmers moved into trains. Known as "porcelain pigs",they were given to passengers to ease their journey. Children sat on "Cricket" benches using them to warm their fingers. They came in many shapes and sizes and were often used for advertising.
Offering a ceramic "porcelain pig" which is 11" tall and circa late 1800"s. The "pig is plain, has the original plug and is without advertising. It has one flat side and flat bottom. The color is crisp and clean. The bottom and top rims are strong with out cracks or chips. It is in excellent condition.
All though,potatoes have long been considered a European staple, potatoes are a New World Food. Native to the Americas, potatoes were introduced to Europe around 1536 by Spanish explorers. The Incas seemed to prefer mashed potatoes. Some say the original recipe originated in 1771 when a French man Antoine Parmentier held a competition for potato recipes. Other sources say the English invented the mashed potatoes with gravy in 1600. No matter where they originated, a kitchen utensil was needed for preparation.
Probably the first potato masher was a rock or stone followed by a hand shaped masher made of wood. With the machine age of 1800's,the wood masher evolved into a hand or machine-turned mallet. Workers made mashers from left over wood - so designs and size varied. It was an additional source of income for the workers. These mashers do their job so well that no one has made changes to their basic design. It has become the most common of kitchen utensils.
Offering a fine selection of potato mashers in various sizes, All are in excellent condition and can be used as decoration or kitchen utensil. Each sells for $20.00 @.