Vintage pie plates, rolling pins and servers
I love to visit antique shops, flea markets and reuse stores. It’s a lot of fun to see the types of tools, furniture and baking equipment our ancestors used. I have a number of old pie plates that were my Grandmothers – very very old indeed. Vintage pie plates come in a variety of materials and many can still be used. A good scrubbing by hand will do the trick– no dishwashers in those days! If you have picked up some old tin pie plates, watch for rust or any other deterioration. I tend to use old tin plates for display only. What I often do is bake the pie and place it on the ornamental tin plate – like a charger.
Another popular material for pie plates and other baking dishes in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s was heat proof glass or bakeware. This came in a number of brands, like Fire-king, Corning Ware and Pyrex.
If you are interested in collecting, be on the lookout for these brands, particularly Fire-king and Corning Ware. Some of their earlier pieces are quite valuable and treasured by serious collectors. A search under ‘vintage baking dishes’ on ebay will show you what I mean!
Vintage rolling pins are another fun item to be on the lookout for. Very early ones were almost always made of wood, and come in a couple of different styles. The traditional ‘roller’ type is what we usually see today – but the handles were fixed – either glued to the roller, or created out of one solid piece of wood.
Another style of rolling pin is the ‘rod’ it almost looks like a baton. This style is often used for rolling piecrusts. This type of rolling pin is very popular in European and Asian cultures, while the roller type is typically part of western culture. Ceramic was another material used for rolling pins and had very elaborate decorative patterns on them.
Pie servers or lifters come in so many different shapes, sizes and materials. Silver, silver plate, ceramic, stainless steel, plastic – the list goes on and on. The more elaborate the better and these were treasured items in most homes. Again I have several, some from my grandmother, my mom, and of course my own! When friends and family know how much you love to bake, you can be sure to receive some beautiful gifts. I think I was given five cake plates as wedding gifts!
So the next time you happen to be at an antique shop or flea market, have a look! You never know what treasures you may find!