This handmade French baker's proofing basket were used to leave the coiled designs on breads that were so loved. They still are, however have gone the way of modernization! I've searched for these original unique baskets for years! So I was thrilled to find this rare handmade banneton of coiled sweetgrass. I think it is ryegrass. it is in wonderful condition for its age...
A scarce survivor. This is a 1-3/4 x 1-3/8" egg-shaped nutmeg grater in sterling silver with the original gilt rasp and interior. Nutmeg was a valuable spice and a sterling nutmeg grater was a sign of prosperity. This example features fine hand-engraving and a dedication saying Z.S.J. to M.M.J. 25th. Dec 1893. A fine Christmas gift indeed...
Antique English Regency Tole Samovar with Chinoiserie decoration of flowers and butterflies; having lion’s head handles, spigot from a lion’s head and brass lion paw feet. The hot water cylinder rests on a pierced warmer for coals. Circa 1820 (losses to decoration, lacking coal tray)
Antique brass balance scale with elaborate design of Serpent or Dolphin Fish motif. Complete with weights set in solid brass base. Dimensions 8" L x 18" W x 24" H
This is a beautifully decorated antique sterling silver mounts crystal decanter with silver inlay and two matching glasses, made between 1890 - 1900, in Hanau, Germany...
Low grade silver. 14.5" long. Unmarked, of unknown ethnic origin.
An uncommon tartan napkin ring made of wood and covered with printed paper, from Scotland and dating to circa 1870. This ring is in mint condition, measures 2 inches in diameter.
A wooden napkin ring made in Scotland circa 1860, covered with paper printed with the Prince Charlie tartan, and bearing the typical label. The ring is in nearly untouched condition with no nicks or tears, measures 2 inches in diameter.
Finely wrought of steel and ebony, this handsome and rare "manche-a-gigot" would allow the carver-at-table to hold steady a leg-of-lamb. (This problem of service unfortunately led to the rolled-and-tied boneless -- and less succulent -- cut of lamb served at tables nowadays. And alas, no meaty bone for next-day's Scotch broth!) French, Second Empire, circa third quarter of the Nineteenth Century, approximately seven inches long.
An ironstone mold made in England by Minton in the 1800's, this size used for individual aspic novelties rather than for steamed puddings. In addition to the impressed Minton mark there is an impressed number mark (939?). The decorative motif is a quatrefoil or four-leaf clover. The mold is in good condition with a tight hairline. It measures about 1-3/4 inches in height and 3-1/8 by 2-1/8 inches across the top.
An ironstone mold made in England in the late 1800's or early 1900's that was used for steamed puddings. This mold has an attractive motif of a branch with leaves and fruit or possibly nuts that would decorate the top of the unmolded dessert. It is a heavyweight ironstone ceramic, indicating its date is late Victorian. The condition is excellent with no damage. The mold measures 4-1/4 inches in height and 6-1/2 by 5-5/8 inches across the top.
AN IMPORTANT AND UNUSUALLY LARGE NORTH EUROPEAN BELL-METAL CAULDRON, DATING C. 1650-1680.
A huge and finely executed cauldron in bell metal, which came to use earlier than brass in European cooking. Terrific concentric decoration, renaissance or gothic handles, standing on stylized animal paws and a makers mark or owners mark near one handle.
An early example of North European kitchen ware from the early period...
Treen Covered Sugar Bowl with LID
6.5 inches TALL ... 5 inches in DIAMETER
A LARGE hand carved treen tankard
11 inches TALL and 9 inches in diameter,
Difficult to find ... and Early 19th Century IRON GAME HANGER
15 inches LONG
8.5 inches in DIAMETER
When I found this giant beauty more than half-a-century ago in the window of a Manhattan antiques shop it was holding a vase of daisies. The clerk explained that it had a cover and offered me a discount. It was the largest piece of treen I had seen (it still is) and I dragged it back to my cubicle in the Madison Avenue advertising agency for which I worked...
A wooden napkin ring made in Scotland circa 1860, trimmed with paper printed with the MacPherson tartan. The ring, which measures two inches in diameter and one inch in height, is in near mint condition with very faint wear and no damage.