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.
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.