These are antique culinary utensils that would pertain to the mid to late Victorian era and would
be appropriate for stocking a period ranch kitchen or a chuck wagon. These
items would be fairly typical for the day and would likely be found in the
Victorian home. While some of these items would seem to be out of context
in relation to a chuck wagon, they are accurate for the period. Many of
the items listed in this section correspond to recipes that can be found in the
recipe section of this web site. The items
are categorized according to function.
Spice Sets and Tins
Up until the early 1900s spices were difficult to obtain and
the selection was limited. Spices were expensive enough that they were typically
kept in a locking tin or chest of some sort. The following are examples of
Victorian spice sets.
Here is a beautiful early spice set in Excellent condition. The exterior
of this set sports a gold oriental motif stenciled on an asphaltum
finish. This detailed motif is featured on the top and three sides of
the spice box and is very clean and free of any scratches. The hasp
assembly and hinges on this spice box are intact and function perfectly.
The interior of the box is in near mint condition and is finished in a
wonderful copper colored japanned finish. Each of the six individual
spice containers is stenciled in gold with the following spice names:
Nutmeg, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice and Mace. The interiors of
the individual tins still retain their bright finish and all of the tins
are free of scratches or dents. This wonderful specimen stands 3 ½ tall
by 9 Ό X 6. Each of the tins stands 2 7/8 tall with a diameter of 3.
Spice sets of this vintage, in a condition this good, are a rare find
and this museum quality specimen would will hold its own in any
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