Vintage Wooden Spools.

These are wonderful maybe because in part because of their Brothers Quay type of thing going on. Especially the way when there is a worn away label on the end, faded printing or peeled somewhat; they are wood and we don't really make these of wood anymore, most things are now plastic. Like that giant island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, you know the one. Perhaps this is why these are precious.


The classic Mouli Grater, made in France by the company later to be known as Moulinex, these graters of nuts, cheeses, and vegetables are still used by kitchen connoisseurs and highly coveted in these old metal pre-plastic incarnations... and very Farmhouse Chic!


Who doesn't love old silver pieces like this? Their elegant curves and intricate patterning and piercings immediately arouse in us a very different age even though they are emblematic of the beginnings of mass production; I suppose they existed in between the old world of artisans and the new world of industrialization. And now when we spot them we appreciate their patinas that current craftspeople try and fake with special chemicals but the real thing only serves to authenticate their age and their longevity, as well as visually heighten the contrast of the Art Nouveau etchings on their bases by bringing out those patterns. Though these pieces may have been easy to find at thrift stores the nation over, they are becoming more and more collectible, rarer and rarer.



Founded in 1950, the Injecta firm began production of these Injecta syringes at 600 per day as part of the German Democratic Republic's specialization program to increase public health care after the war and recovery years. The firm included the public consolidation of many pre-war factories that were left in barely functioning condition when the war ended.