Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The history of the piece is unknown, but I like to think it was the centerpiece in the kitchen of an industrious country wife in the early 20th century. As servants and cook-houses gave way to the modern kitchen, women used baker cabinets such as these until they were replaced by built-in cabinets and countertops. I imagine many pies and baked goods were prepared on the porcelain pull-out shelf and cooled on the rack shelves of the lower cabinet. The original casters (to keep ants from crawling up the legs), spice rack and tin-lined bread storage drawer remain. I don’t know if it ever had a flour bin/sifter or roll doors common to many cupboards, but I like the open shelves in the middle. It measures 6 feet high, 3.5 feet wide and 2 feet deep, nice and large, but I have already filled it to capacity with my soap making supplies.