Today I'm offering for sale two vintage Pennsylvania Dutch homemade cooking gadgets from an estate auction I attended over 20 years ago. One is a kitchen gadget that holds hotdogs or homemade sausage over an open fire. The other is this fantastic handmade Funnel Cake Maker. The Pennsylvania Dutch are famous for their funnel cakes. The auction items came from inside a barn located in Lancaster, Pa. Below is a description of each utensil and its condition:
The first vintage kitchen utensil is a 23" long hotdog or meat griller. I'm sure it may have been used for all different types of meats found on their farm, from homemade sausage to rabbit, squirrel, or deer meat. The two metal handles are 18½" long and may have come from old fly swatters. The griller holds three pieces of food. Just imagine standing over a wood or coal stove or standing next to a fireplace and roasting your favorite food, yummy. **Condition: The handles are solidly attached to the part that holds the food. There is normal wear with light amounts of rust at the end where the food is held.
The next item is this beautifully crafted handmade funnel cake maker. I'm sure a lot of time and love was spent in making this for his wife. It measures 14¾" from the end of the handle to the end of the funnel. Every part that was soldered is still solid. The gentleman made a spring opening and closing plate on the end of the funnel that leaves any amount of funnel cake batter into the frying pan. **Condition: There is normal surface wear along with light amounts of rust are found on some parts of the handle and funnel. Overall it's clean and in great working order.
Both items came from a family that owned a farm from the 1900's until the late 1980's. Living on a farm over 100 years ago meant using your hands to make and repair whatever was needed to save money and run the farm. Both items are a great example of how the husband tried to make life on the farm a little easier for his wife and family. A great gift for the chef in your family or someone that loves collecting vintage kitchen collectables.
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