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 Antique & Collectible Kitchen & Barware

Corkscrews / Eggbeaters / Mixers / Churns
Choppers / Graters / Parers / Toasters & More

We Buy Some Kitchen Related Antiques & Vintage Collectibles

We deal in Early American Antiques oftentimes referred to as Americana. We like figural cast iron and patented devices antique corkscrewsfrom the early American kitchen and home. We specialize in things of a mechanical nature, or what we refer to as Americana with a purpose. This includes things like unusual antique eggbeaters, butter churns, mechanical mixers, apple peelers, can openers, corkscrews, nut crackers, nutmeg graters, and more.

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We buy Antique Corkscrews / Can Openers / Ice Cream Scoops and other related Patented and Mechanical Antiques!! The corkscrews pictured on this page are examples of the type, style, vintage, condition and quality of these devices that we are primarily interested in buying. 

If you have corkscrews or other types of antique openers that you want to sell,  please contact us at providing as many details as possible.

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I buy & sell many different varieties of antique and vintage corkscrews and other wine related memorabilia. Many are graphic, mechanical, patented and can still be found. Prices can range from just a few dollars for more common varieties to mid 5 figures for rare and desirable examples. Vintage corkscrews fit right in with the main focus of our tool, technology and mechanical related interests.  Americana with a purpose.
Vintage Corkscrews
vintage corkscrewsWe are seeking vintage corkscrews ranging from early patented American examples to interesting mechanical corkscrews from other  countries  We have sold many interesting antique corkscrews over the years, and I would like to share with you some pictures and information about some of the nicer or more interesting examples. 

In addition to corkscrews we are also interested in buying other early pre-1900 patented antique bottle, jar, and can openers as well.  We have had and sold some rare and exotic examples of these as well, and are always on the lookout for more.

If you have an interesting or unusual corkscrew or patented can opener for sale contact us by email at with details

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I once got a nice ivory handled one (pictured above top left corner) which was made by Michael Price, the renowned California Gold Rush-era cutlery maker.  I found it at a local show here in California amongst a table full of Beanie Babies.  A once in a lifetime find. Those kind of finds are few and far between these days.  We have not been seeing many other interesting corkscrews or openers here in California recently even though we live in what is now known as a great wine grape growing (viticulture) area. 

To see and get a good idea of other antiques that we are interested in please visit our sister site where we have other quality and interesting antiques for sale that are generally focused on mechanical and patented antiques from the home, shop, farm, and office.  Please visit that site if you have the time.

Vintage & Antique Mechanical & Patented
Ice Cream Scoops / Dishers

If you have any ice cream scoops that you want to sell, please contact us at with details and we will get back to you ASAP.

We have bought and sold a lot of antique ice cream scoops, or ice cream dippers Vintage Ice Cream Scoopover the years, and we actively seek soda fountain & ice cream related antiques to add to our antique sales webpage .

We use to buy and sell scoops as quick as we could find them to a few good customers. At some point in thisVintage Ice Cream Scoop process we realized that we were continually seeing certain scoops over and over, and other scoops we had only seen once or twice and never again after we sold it.   

We are interested in a lot of different mechanical and patented or technology-related antiques and strange devices of all different sorts, and ice cream scoops or ice cream dishers are just one of many categories of collectibles that fit into this definition of antiques and collectibles that we buy, sell, and deal in. 

scoop_gem1.jpg (11934 bytes)On this page I will show you a few scoops we have had over the years and tell you a little about each. The scoop below is generically know as a slicer, and was introduced during the Depression as a means to save the storekeeper a penny here and a penny there in extra ice cream that he was dishing out unnecessarily. This scoop  ensured that the customer never got more than a leveled-off half scoop for his nickel.  The United Slicer ice cream scoop / slicer shown above is a somewhat harder to find variant than theAntique Ice Cream Scoops look-alike Dover Slicer and sells for a bit more as well.

We are interested in scoops or dishers that have an unusual feature or different shape or size bowl  from the norm.  The picture below is of two ice cream dippers that have split-apart bowl features.  The one in the front is unmarked other than a small "Pat Pend" inside the handles.  This ice cream scoop comes in at least two different sizes that I know of.

scoop_2splt.jpg (19039 bytes)The ice cream scoop in the back is of a more dubious design, and instead of having one wire scraper inside the bowl to push the ice cream out, this one has two that start in the middle and both go to the opposite sides.  It too is a pretty difficult to find scoop.

Other vintage ice cream scoops that have a similar feature to this are the Bohlig, and the Mosteller, both of which have bowls that rotate or split apart, and these are the style or type of  ice cream scoops that are desirable.
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The next picture is of a group of unusual molds or scoops. They are ice cream related. I have an ad for these from an old magazine that shows that there were 6 different shapes of these made or available, and the Diamond was not one of them so you can stop looking for it. The first one on the left is the Masonic scoop_j1.jpg (18694 bytes)symbol of the square and dividers, as found on a lot of their pieces, and not an A and W as I originally thought.  These molds were produced for use at social functions for fraternal organizations and the like.

The final picture, on the left, is of an antique ice cream scoop that I have never seen before, and is not in the Smith book that was put out a number of years ago on this subject.  I have never been to one of the Ice Screamers Ice Cream Scoop Conventions, and would love to go with this in hand to see if there was interest in it.  Who knows, perhaps it is as common as an cyPi or Kingery, but I doubt it.

Antique Eggbeaters

patented 1887 express eggbeaterWWe are primarily interested in earlier patented eggbeaters from before the turn of the century. The patented eggbeater pictured above, known as the Express is a prime examples of an eggbeater having dashers or paddles that are very different. The Express or Flyswatter beater was patented in 1887 and utilized a wire "fly-swatter " dasher or paddle that makes a back-and-forth motion.  The Loll Beater, pictured at the very top of the page, has revolving cast iron "fingers" that do the egg beating.
Holt Lyon Right Angle Eggbeater
Another example of an unusual patented antique eggbeater because of its form is the right-angle Holt Lyon eggbeater. This side-handle egg beater was manufactured in two different sizes and with variations in the gear wheel and dasher design over the years. The Holt Lyon Co. manufactured a number of different mixers, beaters and churns. Some were hand-held and others designed as jar beaters such as their 1 pt. and 1 qt. cream whips and mayonnaise mixers. Other good cast iron and early patented eggbeaters  include those with names such as:  Monroe's Patent, Earle's Patent, The Perfection beater, the Washington Egg Beater, the Manhattan, Minard's Liniment, the Belmont, the Advance, the Hub, the Acme, the Dodge Race Course, and many, many others.  All of these beaters are either very early patents, or eggbeaters with odd and unusual dashers, or early versions that were in production for just a very short time.

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for Antique Eggbeaters.  Past Sales Results for other types of Antiques are also linked on the right.

If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at with details.

Antique Mixers & Churns

Syllabub Churn One of the earliest types of churns were syllabub churns used for making a dessert made from a mixture of milk or cream, wine or cider, sugar, eggs, nutmeg and cinnamon.  These churns were generally designed as a tin cylinder-shaped container with a plunger style dasher having a perforated disk of some sort at the end of the handle. Dazey Butter Churns

BBack near the turn of the last century was the heyday of what are now considered collectible churns and mixers.  As time passes tastes have changed somewhat and today electric mixers and churns are gaining in popularity and value as collectibles.  While we look at and appreciate some of these later kitchen tools, for the most part we limit our interest to earlier mechanical examples.  On the left are 3 more examples, the S & S, a Holt Lyon on original jar, and a Universal Mayonnaise mixer.

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for antique Churns & Mixers we have sold.  Past Sales Results for other types of Antiques are also linked on the right.

If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at with details.

Dazey Butter Churns

Probably the best-known manufacturer or brand of butter churns are the Dazey line of butter churns.  They came in different Dazey Butter Churnsssizes from 1 qt. to 8 qt. and with a few variations in the way the Dazey logo is marked on the jar.  Another variant is those that have an embossed flower on the bottom.  The 1 quart Dazey #10 is the smallest size in that line---and until the advent of the internet was considered very scarce or rare.  Now there are numerous Dazey 1 Quarts on internet auctions every week, and their values as well as those of many other previously considered rare kitchen antiques have settled downward considerably.

A Special Note:  There have been numerous reproduction Dazey Churns introduced to the market in several sizes.  Dazey never made a Pint or 1/2 Pint glass butter churn or a salesman sample size glass churn.  Those available and offered for sale these days are all reproductions.  It is a shame eBay talks about frauds and fakes, buyer protection, and all of that and then fails to do anything to actually limit the sales of such frauds.  SHAME on them and the dealers who offer them as something other than fakes with a wink & nod!!!

Other Antique Butter Churns

Jewel Patented MixerPictured on the right is the Jewel beater / mixer which was marketed as an eggbeater, cake mixer, cream whipper, and churn.  It was manufactured and patented by Juergens Bros. of Minneapolis, Minnesota near the turn of the last century.  This particular beater as well as many other early churns and beaters were only produced for a few short years,  It went through design changes so that there are variations that are very hard to find.

Other similar cast iron rotary beaters with glass containers are the Judell, the E-Z Mixer, the Butter-Fly Mixer, the Turn-A-Minit Churn, the Moller Churn, The Globe, either in glass or the cast iron version, and others.

The unusual patented cast iron clamp-on churn pictured here is unlike anything we chain drive patented churnhad ever seen before, with the most prominent features being that it is chain-driven and that it still retains much of its original black japanning and decorative red pin stripping on the body and wheel.  The patented feature of this churn was for the air passage that the inventor allowed through the dasher and up through the shaft.  This is a feature that wasPatented Swinging Pendulum Churn considered important and incorporated into many eggbeater and churn patent designs from this period.

The wall-mounted swinging pendulum churn pictured here is another example of an unusual and rare butter churn. This one ranks right up there with the best of them for being one of the most graphic and interesting in design.  To operate this churn you swing it back and forth along the half circle gear / hanging bracket, which in turn drives the internal dasher.  When you think of wooden churns you generally think of the large barrel-style churns that sit in a rocking cradle, but those are much more frequently found.

If you have an antique kitchenware that is early and unusual, please contact us at with as many detail as possible and we will get back to you ASAP.

Vintage & Antique Electric Toasters

 General Electric D-12 ToasterWe have an interest in early electrical technology and devices. We conduct antique toaster and other electrical antique sales from our sister site  If you want to see past sales results see Toaster Past Sales Page


The first US patent for a toaster was granted in 1906, and the first successfully marketed toaster was General Electric's model D-12 (pictured on the left). This early electric toaster came in several variations over the years.  This toaster was also available with a decorated base and over the years the heating element and design of the rack changed a couple of times.  

The Red or Blue Willow pattern toasters are a very popular toaster and command a premium over more common toasters.  Other Blue Willow Toastrite Toasterassorted solid color porcelain / ceramic base vintage electric toasters like the Toastrite Pan Electric Man. Co.Porcelier Blue Iridescent Porcelain Electric Toaster and Porcelier antique toasters are also desirable and in demand.  They do not sell for what they once did, but still bring good money.  These toasters came in at least 5 different colors or decoration schemes. Porcelier Co. ceramic toasters came in several models and in a variety of different decorations and iridescent color schemes as well. 

During the heyday of production innovative designers / makers offered different designs and today these different styles are referred to by nicknames describing the way in which they operated---droppers, floppers, tippers, perchers, pinchers, sliders, swingers, flat beds, pop-ups, etc.  Within each of these designations there are easy to find examples and some very hard to find ones. 

Condition is very important to value and toasters that were stored properly or still in use in Great Grandma's old time kitchen and still look great today are usually pretty nice.  Rusted out, burned up, banged up relics that got thrown in the basement with a dirt floor or out in the garage where they rusted are not going to be desirable or have much value.  Antique Edison Clamshell Toaster

Vintage Electric Toasters represent American innovation at its best, and there are plenty of examples of great or zany  ideas that went into the seemingly simple task of making a piece of toast.  On the right is an Edison, or Edicraft Clam-Shell Toaster.  I have seen this toaster in the past sell for as much as 2500.00, but in today's market when offered on eBay they do not break $200.  I kept my last one too long and learned that lesson the hard way.

Universal Toaster

As everyone was scrambling to try and get market position in this world of new electrical technology, the designers were developing some very innovative and interesting visual designs. The  different makers were trying to sway the fickle consumer to their product line.  It was during this era of innovation,  that every imaginable idea was tried to impress the housewife or husband who had not yet heard about not buying presents for the wife with plugs on them.  Toasters were introduced that had timers, moving conveyors, automatic pop ups or downs, and a host of other novel features.

We are active and serious buyers, sellers and dealers in antique toasters and other early electrical devices.  If you haveGazelle Toaster something that you want to sell please let us know by contacting us at

To see past sales results  for toasters and much more, please visit the Sales Archives through the links on the right.

To see many other examples of these types of antiques that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site at

Nutmeg Graters

Patented and mechanical nutmeg graters are another category Patented Nutmeg Graterof antique & vintage kitchen tools that we deal in.  The one pictured here is very uncommon.  Other nutmeg graters that we would be interested in were patented by Carsley, Sexton, Ames, Davidson, and others. As with most other collectibles there are some very common nutmegs that can be found like the MTE, Edger, and others.   pmnut.jpg (22826 bytes)

We are interested in patent models of  any nutmeg grater, or other early kitchen devices.  Pictured here is a patent model of what would otherwise be a relatively common nutmeg grater.  The fact that it is a patent model, meaning that it is the model that was submitted by the  inventor to the US patent office in the late 1800's as documented by the patent office tag, makes it a one-of-a-kind example and is what gives this piece its value and its interest to us.  We deal in and sell patent models of all sorts of antiques, not just of kitchen items.

If you would like to see examples of past sales results for similar Kitchen antiques CLICK for Kitchen Archive or any of the Past Sales archive links on the right.

If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at with details.

Apple Peeler / Parer

Patented and mechanical apple parers, apple peelers and apple slicers patented Thompson Apple Peeler / Slicer / Corer are of interest. Pictured here is one of the most graphic and mechanically sophisticated examples manufactured. It is known as the Thompson. Another example pictured here is the Lightening, also known as the Quadrant, which is a clamp-on apple parer that also operates on a geared arc.  This apple parer / peeler comes in Quadrant Apple Peelerseveral variations, any of which would be of interest.  Other apple peelers, parers and slicers that are considered rare and we can help you sell are the Sun, Tripp Bros., the Bergner, Pratt's Patent, the Buchi, the Star, the Climax, and many others. There are also many common peelers / parers around that rarely sell for more than $20.00.

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for Antique Apple Peelers and related.  Past Sales Results for other types of Antiques are linked on the right.

If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at with details.

Misc. Antique Kitchen Devices

Two other categories of collectible kitchen antiques that we antique raisen seeder deal in are raisin seeders, like the one pictured here, and cherry pitters.  These were intended to be labor-saving devices, although many were of dubious merit.  It is the wilder ideas that were in production for the shortest period of time and those that did not go over well with the buying public that we are most interested in. Common examples are worth little and little in demand. vintage milk shake mixer

Unusual milkshake mixers and other soda fountain and ice cream related antiques are also items we actively deal in.  The milkshake or malt mixer pictured here is an early electric one, but what we are most interested in are mechanical non-electric models such as the Coles Manufacturing Co. rotary shake maker.  There is also another non-electric mechanical version made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Co. as well as others.

The above are examples of the caliber, condition and quality of American kitchen antiques that we are primarily interested in buying. 

If you have quality antiques that you want to sell, please contact us at providing as many details as possible. Thank you!!

To see other antique or vintage Americana that we currently have for sale please go to our sister site at

Thank you!!
Larry & Carole

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