Hello! Welcome to my post for this week's Show & Tell Friday, hosted by Cindy, at My Romantic Home!
One of the first things I started collecting in my early days of "antiquing" were vintage tins.
In the 19th century, the kitchen was part of the house visitors never saw and often times, the family hardly ever saw either. Depending on the area, the type of house and the time period, the kitchen could be in a lower level, like a basement, or in an entirely separate building altogether, connected to the main house by a hall or even a walkway lined with privet hedges!
The kitchen was not a family gathering place, like it is today. It was a place for work; often very menial and tedious work! In some wealthier homes, it was a place for servants and servants only; the lady of the house would only be seen in the kitchen when she came to speak to her cook or head housekeeper.
As a result of this, to try to make a reproduction of a Victorian-era kitchen is sort of a challenge, because they were not very glamorous and certainly, they did not have the modern conveniences that we have today. To make a kitchen that looks "period-accurate" we would be missing many of the necessities that we would require to actually be able to use our kitchens!
There are things that can be done, however; vintage ranges and other appliances that are restored and coverted for use in today's modern world, or reproductions of vintage appliances, like the ranges that are made by Elmira Stove Works.
I really liked the look of an old general store; if you ever see vintage pictures of general stores and shops, they are just filled with fabulous things and are visually beautiful with their pressed tin ceilings and elaborate woodwork counters and display cases.
I decided a long time ago that someday when I got my Victorian house, I would make my kitchen have that "Victorian general store" feeling, by using vintage tins, vintage advertising signs and anything else that I could find which would give it that "look".
Our kitchen is a long way from being ideal; it needs complete renovation, but I thought I'd show some of my vintage (and reproduction!) tins and signs.
This is the window above our sink in the kitchen, where most of my tin signs are displayed. These four are all reproduction. I love to have original whenever I can, but vintage advertising signs are VERY expensive and a hot commodity. If you've ever watched the cable series American Pickers on the History Channel, you have probably seen the prices that they go for!
P.S. Don't you just love the light fixture above the sink?? LOL! It, at least, is totally vintage!
In the meantime they are perfect to display my vintage and not-so-vintage tins. The George Washington Tobacco tin, the Clabber Girl tin and the two smaller tobacco tins are all vintage.
I love this graphic of the little Dutch girls scrubbing the mosaic tile floor! I have a mosaic tile floor almost exactly like this in our upstairs bathroom! I look for 3 things when I buy tins or old ephemera; the color, the graphics and the subject matter.
Thanks for stopping by!