Nov 082013
 

ladles spatulas vintage
Those who remember Gabby Hayes playing the chuck wagon cook in Roy Rogers movies, or as sidekick to Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy in old western films might recognize the oldest set of ladles, which is actually from 19th-century England and a gift from the Kitty MacKay Collection. Older ladles represent a way of life when big pots of stews and soups typically sustained whole families, as they still do in many regions and countries.

Handles of ladles and spatulas were originally made from iron and other metals, then wood, painted wood—usually green or red—plastic, silicone, and back to wood as seen here in the handmade spatula crafted by Justin Frese, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Sonoma Valley Unified School District.

  •  November 8, 2013