The patterns were usually stripes or checks, but there are many other more interesting versions of chequerboard, floral, spotted, etc. and all are highly collectible by English and American housewives! Some of the other kitchen wares are also very attractive and in great variety, sets of four or five saucepans, racks for kitchen tools, for kitchen cloths (torchons), for laundry chemicals (soap, sand, soda, etc.), big bowls for mixing, draining, soup tureens, jugs of all sizes (many very decorative) spittoons, soap dishes, clysteres (douches), fountains for hand-washing in the outside loos, candlesticks, match boxes (allumettes) and dozens of others! Nowadays they are only hygienic if the enamel is perfect, otherwise beware of using them for cooking, especially anything acidic!
There will be a good private collection of enamel goods for sale at our Fair here in Bradford on Avon, on Sunday June 15 - but I can assure you it will not last long as there are some very striking pi
|Part of a good private collection of vintage enamelware for sale at the Rag Fair on June 15th|