I have a renewed love affair with vintage cabin style since we moved to the mountain. Vintage enamelware is somewhere near the top of my list of faves. Since tea time is my favorite time of day, I think enamelware teapots and coffeepots are extra wonderful.
The vintage enamelware look is definitely in style.
Just check out the price of a new Le Creuset enamel kettle and you’ll know what I mean! Luckily vintage enamelware can be found at any price point – most of it falling at the *super* affordable end of the spectrum!
Enameled cookware and dinnerware became popular in the 19th century when manufacturers started firing enamel over steel.
The result was smooth, more easily cleaned cookware that does not leach metal or metallic taste into food.
Various makers filed patents for different enameling methods and shapes of dishware. You can tell the age of a piece by its weight. Pre-WWII pieces tend to be heavier.
With vintage dishware we often wonder if a vintage piece is really safe to use for food. It turns out vintage enamelware is totally safe to use for food cooking and service as long as the surfaces that come in contact with your food or beverage are intact, free of chipping or scratching.
If you find a vintage enamelware teapot that is too chipped or scratched to safely use at tea time, try to fill it with a bunch of freshly picked wildflowers!
You will find some pieces, such as vintage teapots, show some staining. For some great advice on how to clean vintage enamelware check out this great article by Confessions of a Refashionista.
If you can’t seem to find the perfect vintage enameled teapot, there are still a few companies from times past that are still in business. Companies like Falcon Enamelware have been in business since the 1920s and have held onto some amazing vintage designs and colors.
Please post some pics of your vintage enamelware on Instagram and don’t forget to tag me! (@adifferentdrum)
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