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You may need to look no fur­ther than your own kitchen to find these pop­u­lar an­tiques.


Dust off that hand-held sifter—old-school kitchen tools are back in style.

1 Pie Safe

It is thought that Ger­man im­mi­grants in­tro­duced the pie safe to Amer­ica in the 1800s. The cabi­net’s in­no­va­tion was its punched-tin pan­els that al­lowed air to cir­cu­late while keep­ing pests away from cool­ing baked goods. They were gen­er­ally made of pine or poplar, but the wood could vary by re­gion and can be a clue in de­ter­min­ing where the piece was made. Worth: $300-$700, de­pend­ing on con­di­tion. Rare styles and pieces with re­mark­able crafts­man­ship or out­stand­ing orig­i­nal paint can bring even more.

2 Egg Beat­ers

This trio of egg beat­ers dates to the mid-20th cen­tury. The red An­drock beater was made by The Wash­burn Co.; the green by A&J Man­u­fac­tur­ing; the turquoise by Ekco House­wares Co. Me­chan­i­cal egg beat­ers ar­rived in the lat­ter half of the 19th cen­tury. Note that the red and green ex­am­ples fea­ture gear-driven ro­tary ac­tion. Worth: $5-$15, de­pend­ing on con­di­tion of paint and smooth­ness of op­er­a­tion.

3 Wood-Burn­ing Stove

Founded in 1872, the E.H. Huene­feld Co. was orig­i­nally a whole­saler for tin plate and roof­ing sup­plies. The com­pany even­tu­ally ex­panded into man­u­fac­tur­ing stoves and wash­ing ma­chines. In 1909, it in­tro­duced the first full-size glass door for ovens. The rel­a­tively sim­ple cast-iron oven model here is from the late 1800s. The round stove lids on the top in­di­cate it’s a cook­stove. Worth: $300

4 Dazey But­ter Churn

Just af­ter the turn of the 20th cen­tury, E.B. Jones de­vel­oped a man­ual but­ter churn for home use. He even­tu­ally sold his com­pany to Nathan Dazey, who made some im­prove­ments to the de­sign and moved pro­duc­tion to St. Louis. Now pop­u­lar as col­lectibles, Dazey churns have been widely re­pro­duced; be sure to do your home­work be­fore buy­ing if you want an orig­i­nal. Size, la­bel de­sign and type of metal used for the fas­ten­ers are among the clues used to dis­tin­guish new from old.

Worth: $125-$200

5 Wa­ter Crock

Crocks made from durable, eco­nom­i­cal stoneware were used for food stor­age prior to re­frig­er­a­tion. Wa­ter crocks with lids that sealed tightly also kept out in­sects and de­bris. The crock pic­tured was made by the Star Stoneware Co. of Crooksville, Ohio, around 1900. Lit­tle in­for­ma­tion is avail­able about the com­pany, but the Crooksville area is known for its pot­tery.

Worth: Up to $200 in good con­di­tion. Larger crocks made by highly col­lectible com­pa­nies, such as Red Wing Stoneware Co., can be worth twice as much.

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