Authentic and Exceptional Antique German Enamelware Onion Basket
Made in Germany in the early 20th century, White with blue trim and lettering
Dimensions: 9"L x 10"H x 5" D / 22.5cm x 24cm x 12cm
Original, not a reproduction.
Lovely old enamelware kitchen onion (Zwiebeln) basket from Germany. This kind of piece would have hung in nearly every kitchen in Germany (and throughout Europe) as a practical as well as decorative way of storing onions close to the stove.
The basket is in good condition as seen in the photos with only minor chips. Unlike most antique enamelware, pieces that hung on the wall are generally better preserved as they were handled less frequently. I seal these spots with museum-quality wax, the same used by the British Museum. It will preserve the piece from rust.
"Zwiebel" (onion) is stenciled in German at the top. The front has delicate lacework on the front panel to allow the onions to breathe. I use one similar to this in my own kitchen and wouldn't be without it!
It would have been part of a "batterie de cuisine", a kitchen set, including pots and pans, coffee pots, utensil rack, match and salt boxes and others, all in the same pattern. It was very popular to have one's entire kitchen decorated in a particular pattern and color of enamelware, turning everyday utensils into decoration!
Such a charming and practical way to store one's, onions, potatoes, garlic, carrots or why not a bouquet of flowers!!
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