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All about vintage Enamelware

Enamelware in vibrant colors is highly desired by collectors.

Enamelware originally appeared in the 1870s and was made until the 1930s,around the time of the Great Depression. Enamelware was available in variety of patterns and colors and used to make items such as ladles, cups, pie tins, and biscuit cutters. Enamelware was lightweight, sturdy, didn't break like glass, and best of all, easy to clean. It came in vibrant colors including yellow, pink, green, blue, white, and purple. The texture of enamelware is similar to tin, with a glaze of paint on the outer surface. A classic Enamelware piece is a pitcher and bowl, often seen on washstands before indoor plumbing came along.

Much true Enamelware was destroyed during World War II’s scrap metal drives, and since so much was destroyed, authentic Enamelware is highly desired by collectors today. Prices for large mixing bowls, teapots, and other large pieces, range from $30 to $300 dollars. Pie tins, cups, and funnels, tend to sell for about $5 to $10.The most expensive pieces are those that are in a rare color or pattern (like the red, purple, or cobalt blue swirl).

During the 1960s,Enamelware was made in the United States again and is currently produced around the world now in various locations. A genuine antique may have its maker's name on the bottom. Some authentic vintage pieces have the date fired in as well. All sorts of kitchen items are made out of Enamelware including buckets with lids, measuring cups, pots and pans, and canister sets. eBay shows over 11,000 completed sold listings with the keyword "enamelware." The item that recently sold for the most was a set of Mackenzie Child's Courtly Check and Floral set of dinner and salad plates, cups, saucers, and bowls that sold for $1,500 on Best Offer.

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