Enamel-coated cooking vessels, plates and bowls — or enamelware — has a history in the United States that goes back to the mid-1800s. It’s often characterized by a white coating mottled with spots of various colors and was prized for its smoothness, scratch resistance and burn resistance.
And, although enamelware isn’t quite as popular as it once was, it’s still prized by collectors as a reminder of the kitchen styles of our past. Our next 12 Days of Turkey Hill prize — the charming blue and white enamelware bowl you see above — is a throwback to those enamel-coated days.
The bowl is a bit large, maybe too large to be used as an ice cream bowl — unless you’re in the mood for eight or ten scoops — but it would still be a wonderful addition to your kitchen collection. It’s also got a small spot of rust in the bottom, which can happen sometimes when the enamel cracks. That still doesn’t mean this bowl can’t be used to hold dry items or simply as a decorative piece in your kitchen or home.
Leave a comment with your own memories of enamelware and we’ll choose one comment at random from this blog entry OR from our Facebook page to win this blast from the past. To make the prize a little sweeter, we’ll also include a few certificates for some free ice cream. Good luck!