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The cheapest price of vintage enamel cookware set

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When was enamel cookware invented?10 Best Vintage EnamelwareVintage enamel makers marks

The price of vintage enamelware cookware is depend on the quality, and lots of other criteria, but in this article, we walk through the invention of enamel cookware, best vintage enamelware, and manufacturers of enamelware. Read more about these titles in the following of the article. 

The cheapest price of vintage enamel cookware set

When was enamel cookware invented?

When was enamel cookware invented?Think about enamel kitchen utensils today, and  imagine something coated all over in enamel. That certainly wasn’t the case in the early years. To begin with, cooking pots were lined inside with enamel, but they looked like any other cast iron on the outside. People wanted a way of coating iron to stop metallic tastes or rust getting into food: something acid-resistant and easy to clean without laborious scouring, something more durable than the tin linings used inside copper.

The story of the vintage enamel history begins in the 1760s in Germany. The idea of finding a safe, convenient coating first took hold there: in scientific writing and in actual iron works. Fifty years later vitreous enamel linings, also called porcelain, for kitchen pans were becoming familiar in several European countries. Enamelling was no longer limited to decorative arts and crafts.

Were enamel-lined cooking pots really as clean and safe as they seemed? Some people praised them as far better than anything known before. Others spoke of poisonous ingredients leaching into the food. Finding out what cooks or housekeepers thought in the early days is not so easy.

Over the next few decades enamel-coated metal came into use for domestic pots, pans, basins, as well as for street signs, medical equipment and more. And yet enamelware was still a long way from the attractive and useful mass-produced utensils of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

10 Best Vintage Enamelware

10 Best Vintage Enamelware

Lets see what are the best vintage enamelware. 

Granite ware circa 1895: Granite ware coffee pot produced by the St Louis Stamping Company

Dutch Ovens: Le Creuset, a French company, began producing their popular brand in the 1920s creating the iconic Dutch oven in “Flame” which was orange. They introduced yellow in 1956. Today, Le Creuset’s products come in many colors including blue, green, gray and white.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven.

Final Mugs: The pretty, bright colors of mid 20th century Scandinavian design are highly collectible and quite expensive

Antique milk pan: These are about 13″ in diameter across the pan rims, 3″ deep. Cream riser size, nicely sized for shallow dishpans or large bowls.

Both are water tight yet, but they show wear and some rust, and areas of enamel loss and damage to the finish.

Toxins: You may not want to actually cook with vintage enamelware. In the old days, few regulations prevented the uses of toxic materials. Despite manufacturers claims that enamelware was clean and sanitary, additives like lead and cadmium were often used in the production of bright colored frits. For instance, Le Creuset used cadmium in red and orange colored enameled iron cookware. The company still produces red and orange products but now complies with standards set by California regulations, some of the strictest guidelines in the world. While cadmium is still used, production methods prevent the toxin from being released during cooking. Also, the inner cooking surfaces are white. Years ago, a type of uranium used in the frit for brightly colored enamel was radioactive. US government regulations stopped the use of uranium based compounds used in the production of cookware in 1938.

KER Sweden enamelware.

Cream With Green Trim: Cream with green trim is typical of vintage Swedish enamelware and can be used with caution. The large pot would be nice filled with ice and a few bottles of wine or lemonade.

Vintage enamel makers marks

Vintage enamel makers marksAmong the many U.S. manufacturers of graniteware were the St. Louis Stamping Company, which marketed its products under the Granite Iron Ware brand, Lalance and Grosjean, whose Peerless Gray Ware was sold by Sears, Roebuck and Company, the Bellaire Stamping Company, and Vollrath. A parallel enamelware industry developed in Europe, particularly in Czechoslovakia, whose manufacturers tended to use bold colors like blue and white and simple patterns such as plaids and polka dots.

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