What started as a picture of a 19th century pill bottle from a Portland apothecary shop, turned into a tour of my sideboard. I need to pick up a cork for it, so i can actually use it. Unless I drop it on a hard surface it should survive.
My house has 3 rooms and the ceilings are 80″ high, so any furniture has to be about 3/4 the size of normal. I only bought this because it was wee. The bottom holds canned and dry goods. The top is constantly getting adjusted. Almost none of it is decorative, it is all in use.
Top left: Enamelware cream picture, right now holding wooden spoons. Foss Vanilla box with a half dozen empty Foss bottles, when I have a dozen I will use these for my homemade vanilla. Several bottles of homemade vanilla. Actual NEW bottle of Dolan’s Vanilla made locally, and empty Vintage Dolan’s vanilla bottle. Middle Left: Inherited Coffee grinder, used for grinding peppercorns. Tobacco tin holding pin money. Coleman’s dry mustard, Boiled cider, Twining’s tea tin, McCann’s Irish oatmeal, all century old brands still made today. Pommery Moutarde De Meaux (mustard crocks still being sold) holding dried herbs from my garden, some with corks, some with wax linen lids. Tall 19th century tobacco crock, holding herbs. Pill bottle. Yellowware penny pie plate.
Top right. Vintage 70’s Jim Beam/Beameister wine bottles holding cider vinegars. various patent medicine bottles holding cider vinegars and oils. Watkins Mushroom Ketchup. Empty liniment bottles Middle right. Moder Mustard crocks, and Ink crocks holding spices. Pressed glass spoon holder. Vintage recipe box. Matches. Bottles with toothpicks and coriander. Empty tin.
Bottom Right. 19th century glass pitcher. Two 19th century brownware bowls, older unmarked ceramics, especially with manufacturing defects can be had for very low money. Various 19th century Baking Bowls, bowls with unglazed exteriors are for baking, unglazed pottery lets the moisture expand without cracking the glaze, soot covered bowls are inexpensive and easy to clean. (glazed pottery for baking is fired at a higher temp) Iron trivet, which I use a table trivet.
Bottom Right: 1830s Adams mulberry flow porcelain, which i use as a cake plate. Redware Brown Betty with a repaired lid. Large glass all in one measure, I tend to use a vase. Early 19th century pasteware children’s cake plates, I use as cake plates. Late 19th century transferware pitcher and unmatched bowl, I use as tableware. New porcelain footed cake plate because my 19th ironstone got broken, I make small cakes so I am still on the lookout for a replacement. 1916 Glass vacuum ‘Thermos’ I still need a 69mm cork for it.
I keep trying to add more things to it, but it gets cluttered and I put things into cupboards. Cake plates were only out for Christmas, they are safer in the cupboard. Until recently I also had my 1920s electric teakettle, and my 1880s chafing dish on display.