Vintage Sani-Stack Wire Dishwasher Crates - Assorted Stackable Sizes - Four Available
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932)
Back in the 20th century doing dishes in a commercial restaurant or food establishment meant working with rubber-coated wire Sani-Stack crates and trays. Made by the Metropolitan Wire Goods Corporation beginning in 1932, they were the smart invention of Louis Maslow, the company founder who had a special love and talent for working with wire and created all sorts of crates, trays, boxes, and cooking utensils for the restaurant industry.
The Sani-stack was an ideal way to keep the backend of a restaurant running smoothly and efficiently. Compartmentalized to hold glasses, dishes, and other serving ware these rubber-coated stackable trays would get loaded with dirty dishes, washed in the dishwasher, and then returned clean and sparkly to the cupboards and shelves ready for their next meal service.
Handy in both size and scope, they were also a great transporter of dishes for catering companies, as each crate could stack one on top of the other and ride safely while securely holding glassware and dishes in their own little compartments. The rubber coating on the wire offered a good grip for hauling both full and empty.
Once king of the kitchen clean-up, these wire crates were eventually replaced with not as pretty plastic versions. Nowadays, these crates while still great for commercial restaurant and catering use also have lots of potential and possibility on the home front. Use them in the garden as potting trays for plants or wall boxes for vertical gardens. Use them indoors as storage organizers, or unique, compartmentalized shelving. Each crate can securely hang from nails attached to the wall in both vertical and horizontal ways.
We also like them as table centerpieces or decor displays for outdoor weddings and events that feature rustic themes and farmhouse style.
- Hard to find wire design
- Rubber-coated wire
- Large square shapes in two different sizes
In lovely vintage condition. The rubber-coated wire is complete on each piece with no wear except on a few corners where rust is evident. There are not any broken wire segments and each piece is in very strong and very sturdy condition.
There are two sizes available. Please note each crate is sold separately.
TALL Size: There are two crates available in this size. Each crate measures 18.75" inches (length) x 18.75" inches (width) x 4.75" inches (height) and weighs just over 6 lbs. each
SHORT Size: There are two crates available in this size. Each crate measures 18.25" inches (length) x 18.5" inches (width) x 3" inches (height) and weighs 5 lbs. each
On the interior, each crate is compartmentalized into square sections each measuring 4.5" inches x 4.5" inches.