Antique Kitchen Items
After World War II, my grandparents struggled along with the rest of Europe to rebuild their lives and a sense of normalcy. After several years of struggling, they decided that there weren't many opportunities for recovery in Holland. In the winter of 1949, they booked passage for their family on a ship to Australia. There was a community of Dutch families there to welcome them and they were able to rebuild their lives in a new country. In 1963, they picked up once again and headed to the United States of America. They lived the remainder of their years in America but they often went back to Holland to visit their family and friends. On each trip, they would return home with some sort of treasure. The items shown are treasures that they picked up on their travels with the exception of the wick trimmer (shown above) that my grandmother used in Holland and Australia and possibly even in the United States as she often had a candle lit at dinnertime.
The hexagonal container is a flask of some sort. Maybe it was used to carry sacrament wine? Or for home storage of some sort of alcohol? It is too bulky to be carried around and it is quite ornate with it's intricate etchings so it must have held something important.
The iron is actually an item that my mom brought home after her travels to Holland. It reminded her of her childhood and she loved the beautifully embossed details on the metal.
Above, you see a flask or canteen along with a set of measuring cups. All of them are pewter and are from the 1800's. I have to admire the craftsmanship that went into these items that have survived well over 100 years of use. Nowdays, everything is plastic and we are lucky if it lasts 10 years! It is true that they just don't make things like they used to and I feel fortunate to have these items in my family as evidence of a different time.
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