COT­TAGE FURNITURE BASICS: A PIECE OF PIE

In­tro­duce this vin­tage kitchen stor­age into your home for ex­tra his­tor­i­cal flair.

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Bring home a vin­tage pie safe for ex­tra his­tor­i­cal flair.

Com­monly con­sid­ered an es­sen­tial in any Amer­i­can home in the late 1700s and early 1800s,

the pie safe was in­tro­duced by Ger­man im­mi­grants who set­tled in Penn­syl­va­nia. Also known as a pie cab­i­net, pie chest or pie cup­board and typ­i­cally made of wood, the pie safe was cre­ated to store things like baked goods, bread and even meat. Doors made of punched tin of­fered ven­ti­la­tion that kept the cup­board cooler than the room around it. Mak­ers started to add a dose of style to this mostly utilitarian case by punch­ing the holes in sim­ple shapes and in­tri­cate designs. The pie safe be­came ob­so­lete around 1880 with the in­tro­duc­tion of the ice­box.

To­day you can find authen­tic pie safes in an­tiques stores, or pur­chase a replica to add clas­sic cot­tage ap­peal. They are great for stor­ing dishes and linens. The dec­o­ra­tive tin doors will ac­cent any room with a rus­tic feel.

Three-shelf pie safe,

$3,850.

$1,299. Visit amer­i­can­coun­try­home­store.com.

1.

$814. Visit houzz.com.

2. Clas­sic 226 pie safe with tin, $387. Visit swiss­val­ley­fur­ni­ture.com.

3. Amer­i­can prim­i­tive painted pie safe with punched tin pan­els, Visit 1stdibs.com.

4. South­ern pine pie safe with tin doors,

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