Thursday, February 5, 2015

Antique Dairy Slabs ~ Goodbye Cheese, Bonjour Fromages

Several weeks ago I got an email from a woman in England who specializes in antique kitchenalia.  She had asked me about the cheese slab she'd seen in a post I did a few years ago (HERE) and asked if I'd be willing to sell it. 
As I was reading her message I was thinking to myself that there was no way I was going to sell my cheese slab.  

But then, as I continued to read her email, she made me an offer right then and there for my cheese slab which had me looking like this:

As you may surmise, it was an offer I could not refuse.

 said she'd been looking for a cheese slab for her own home because her kitchen was being featured in a national magazine (in the UK) and she'd hoped to have it in time for the photo shoot. Within 24 hours I'd received her offer, accepted it, sent her an invoice, she paid for it and off to Norfolk my (her) cheese slab traveled.

Goodbye Cheese

 The space where I'd kept the slab next to the stove just didn't look the same. Even though I was thrilled with such a profitable sale, knowing it went to someone who'd been looking for it and that I'd get to see it in the magazine when it would be published,  I was kinda missing it.  Even a couple of the kids commented that they  missed seeing it there. 

I know that there are a lot of you out there who love these pieces as much as I do, and lots of you have been looking for an antique dairy slab.  These English dairy slabs, or counter shop displays were mostly used during the Edwardian period, in the late 1800's to early 1900's, in grocery stores and markets for margarine, butter, lard, meats and cheeses.  The butcher or clerk would measure off the amount desired by the customer, just as they do at delis today.   They are made of ironstone and most often found with black transfer printed labels.

They make beautiful serving 
or display pieces, adding whimsical charm to your kitchen or home.

Wouldn't you love to have a pantry / dish room organized and filled with beautiful pieces like this?

Yeah, I was missing that cheese slab…

  …when what would happen several days later?   I encountered  an almost identical, antique dairy slab!  It was even made by the very same manufacturer as the cheese slab. 

Bonjour Fromages! 

That's what happened!