Where there exists a need, human ingenuity will fill that need. It was no different in the 18th century. We have only begun to discover the many and various tools that were used in the common kitchen to make a job easier, to create an attractive meal, to keep foods warmed or chilled, to keep cookware gleaming so that it could be proudly displayed. Although a kitchen was a workplace, it was also a place where the skills of the housekeeper, the prosperity of the family and the graciousness of the hostess would be in evidence. It was a place not unlike the “workshop” of today, where the man of the house can display his tools, and show off his workmanship. A place that is kept neat and clean but is a place where real work takes place. The 18th century kitchen is where we should see as many of the “tools of the trade” as a family could accumulate, and from the inventories we have seen, even in a modest house, that could be quite a lot!




Historically inspired. It was very common in the 17th and 18th centuries to use coconuts for various types of vessels, and they lend themselves to these applications very well! Coconuts are surprisingly durable! This coconut dipper is completely handmade. It has a decorative copper heart shaped attachment at the handle. The handle is hand turned wood. An unusual piece to use and display!

Dated: 17th & 18th Century style
Origin: English & other
Materials: coconut, copper, various woods
X-0074 COCONUT DIPPER (commissioned work) $90.00






Historic reproduction. We were amused when visiting a well known historic house in MA as our guide explained that in the 17th century people had to eat their food cold! Another misconception we feel compelled to eradicate! People in the past enjoyed hot food at the table as much as we do today. Because their houses were much colder than ours, they had to come up with some cr creative solutions to this problem. One solution was the plate warmer. We have reproduced one of the best plate warmers. It is cone shaped, with a swivel ring at the top for easy lifting. It has small vent holes at the top to allow a little steam to escape and help prevent pie crusts and breads from getting soggy. This cover also works over pans, bowls, etc. Heavy gauge copper.
Dated: Ca. 1500 – 1650
Origin: English / Dutch / others
Materials: copper
Dimensions: 9″ tall x 13 1/2″ dia.
X-0053-C PLATE COVER (commissioned work) $49.00





Historic reproduction. Copied from an 18th century original, funnels were an important piece of equipment in a period kitchen. Heavy gauge copper with a rolled edge. Ring for hanging. These were made in many sizes, we have reproduced the two most popular.
Dated: 18th century
Origin: English/other
Materials: copper
Dimensions: Large:6″long
Small: 4 1/2″longX-0075-C FUNNEL-LARGE (commissioned work) $47 .00
X-0076-C FUNNEL-SMALL (commissioned work) $43.00




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Historic reproduction. No more complaints when carrying water from the well! This bail holder will fit most wire or iron bails on pails, kettles and pots. Hand turned wood with cut brass hinges. Provides a comfortable handle, and looks great too!
Dated: ca. 18th century
Origin: English/American
Materials: various wood as available, brass
Dimensions: 4 1/2″ long x 1 1/4″dia.
X-0077-B BAIL HOLDER (commissioned Work) $43.00




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Historically inspired. Although this is not a documented piece, every element of it has been taken from 18th century originals! This is a stunning porringer of tin lined copper. The bowl is completely hand hammered, and the decorative handle is hand cut and shaped. Porringers like these were popular in America until about 1825.A friend of ours takes one in the woods with him. He ties it to his belt and uses it for drinking, cooking and eating! He suggests splitting a green branch a few inches down, then lashing it to the porringer handle. This will give you a longer handle for cooking. Of course, you can also use it to eat you breakfast cereal out of (as Peter has done every morning for many years!). It would make the perfect gift for a new baby!
Dated: 18th century
Origin: English
Materials: copper, tin
Dimensions: 4 1/2″ x 6″ x 1 3/8″ deep. 1 cup capacity.
X-001 6-TLC PORRINGER(commissioned work) $70.00





Historic reproduction. This is a museum quality reproduction of an 18th century bread and cheese rasp. It is made of hand wrought iron and brass with over 700 hand punched holes! This is a heavy duty rasp, that is also pretty enough to be displayed!

Dated: ca.1750
Origin: Dutch
Materials: iron, brass
Dimensions: 14″ tall x 6 1/4″ across
X-0059-B BREAD & CHEESE RASP(commissioned work) $119.00