How many hands reached for the same lid?
Scooping out coffee to start the day…what kind of day unfolded?
Spooning out sugar to make a sweet treat…who was it for?
I get lost in the remembrance & romance of vintage pieces.
Love having them fill my home with the quiet history of other lives.
Especially things used everyday.
Things like linens, bread bowls and canisters.
I adore vintage canisters!
My favorite kind are chippy enamelware sets from Europe. Canisters can be made from metal, wood, ceramic & glass.
Normally a set is 3 or more pieces but could go up to ten, in graduated sizes. Each canister has a lid. Vintage pieces generally have the name of what was contained on the front. Some sets do have the same sized canisters.
The European sets have the words written in the native language of course, often it is French.
A list of what you might find on a set:
Sucre – sugar
Farine – flour
Pate – pasta
Riz – rice
Cafe’ – coffee
The’ – tea
Epices – spices
Poivre – pepper
Chiconee – chicory
What to look for:
If you want a set of canisters to use everyday in your life look for:
- a set of at least three
- a gentle graduation in size
- lids that fit each piece
- no raw metal exposed inside IF you are using for loose food, like coffee
If the lids are a bit jiggly, that may mean the set was larger at once time. With the graduation in size incremental, lids will fit more than one canister, but maybe not perfectly. Perfect is over-rated…
Where to buy:
It is unlikely you will find a full set, or even partial, at a thrift shop, but the thrill of the hunt is that you just never know!
I purchased my new set from a wonderful shop on Etsy, French Vintage Linens & Antiques . It dates from about the 1920’s.
Nan & Dermot of FVL & A were lovely to shop with & the canisters are exactly as advertised.
For a set of 3 – 5 vintage canisters you can expect to pay about $125, if they are in good condition.
For a larger quality set closer to $200. When buying on line make sure there are photos showing the canisters lined up, the insides & tops of the lids.
I have a set from Belgium and now one from France.
The new set from France I gifted to myself this Christmas! It was a spur of the moment idea while shopping on Esty for presents.
I saw this set & fell in love, as much as one can love a set of metal containers. (ok, a lot!)
Trying to focus on presents for the people on my list, my mind kept wandering back to that set.
Thanks to the ease of Paypal, the set was on the way to Cali from France in the blink of an eye, click of a button.
I have NO regrets that I treated myself!
Left the box from France under the tree until last. Once all was peaceful mid day on the 25th, I opened it by myself.
The foreign newspaper each piece was wrapped in was even a treat.
I thanked my self profusely for knowing EXACTLY what I wanted!
Can’t wait to see what I give myself next year. I suggest you start this tradition too. You definitely deserve it!
Do you have vintage canisters?
** Kelly **
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