Vntage Enamelware Containers with Lids circa 1920s - Each Sold Separately
The more you know, the more you can create. There is no end to imagination in the kitchen. Julia Child
Enamelware was most popular in the United States between the 1870s and the 1930s when durability and the perception of cleanliness were of the utmost concern when it came to kitchen equipment. Unlike delicate china dishware, enamelware could withstand rough handling and long journeys - exciting features as Americans migrated west to homestead via covered wagons.
By the 1920s, the focus on sanitary kitchens shed favor on enamelware since its bright white color and easy-to-clean design promoted bright healthy-feeling kitchens. But by the 1930s, with the introduction of ceramic cookware, ovenware, and clear glass dishes, enamelware began to fall out of popularity as new innovative products took over the market.
While never completely abandoning the kitchen altogether, enamelware still made an appearance in the latter half of the 20th century. Changing in design from sanitary basics to bright colors with artistically designed patterns, enamelware got a more colorful and stylish makeover by the 1950s and 1960s. Nowadays, enamelware of all ages are a fun collector's item. With many uses when it comes to kitchen, table, and garden displays, as well as being handy storage organizers, they offer whimsy and creativity galore.
These vintage enamelware stackable storage containers are one of the early traditional designs popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Featuring a white body with a black stripe around the rim, each contains a grooved edge on the lid for easy grab-and-go transport.
In the 1920s, they were available in a variety of assorted rim colors from red to green to orange to pink. But the most popular colors in this covered box design were pieces made with red, blue, and black rims. These boxes contain no makers marks or manufacturing info stamped on the bottoms, but each piece in this collection is heavy, signaling early production models. The lighter the enamelware the later it was manufactured in the 20th century.
- Classic black and white color
- Functional, unique sizes
- Each piece comes with its own matching enamelware lid
- Unmarked as to maker or manufacturer
- There are three boxes available, each sold individually
- Each container base has a hole in the rim for hanging
In perfectly weathered vintage condition, these vintage enamelware pieces bear just the right amount of rusty spots for authentic charm. Each piece comes with its own matching lid.
The square container has some light staining on the interior, one rust spot on the rim of the body, and two rust spots on the outer rim of the lid.
The mini rectangle container has a worn spot on the outer rim of the lid where the black enamelware has rubbed away. There is some light staining and small scratches on the interior bottom of the dish.
The long rectangle container has two rust spots on the outer rim of the lid. The interior has light staining, scratches, and a small chippy spot on the interior of the dish, along with gray on the bottom exterior of the dish,
There are scuff marks on the exterior bottoms of all containers, as to be expected with age. The exterior of each container and lid is shiny and bright. Please see photos.
The square dish measures 6.25" inches (length) x 6.25" inches (width) x 2.75" inches (height) and weighs 15oz.
The mini rectangle dish measures 6" inches (length) x 4.5"inches (width) x 2.75"inches (height) and weighs 13oz.
The large rectangle measures 10.75" inches (length)x 6.25" inches (width0 x 3" inches (height) and weighs 1lb. 13oz
While no longer ideal for food storage, these boxes now contain so many wonderful possibilities when it comes to organizing your kitchen, your pantry or even your greenhouse.