Look! Enormous Vintage Collection of Spice Jars

Look! Enormous Vintage Collection of Spice Jars

Faith Durand
Jun 22, 2009

Roya wrote to us looking for help in selling her grandmother's vintage spice jar collection. We were so fascinated by this enormous collection of vintage spice jars we had to show them to all of you. Read on for more information about these jars and their history. (And hey, if you're in Boston and interested in buying them, Roya is selling.)

Roya says:

I have my grandmother's spice cabinet - 100 apothecary bottles, with original labels, from the mid 1950's/early 1960's. Unfortunately I'm moving into a tiny apartment soon and can't take it with me.

As you see in the photos attached, each bottle is labeled clearly and features an informational label on the back.

Sample back label:
CLOVES Cont. 5/8oz.
The unopened flower buds of an East Indian plant. For poignant flavor add a few for baked ham, beef consomme, venison, poultry, preserves, baked apples.
John Wagner & Sons
Purveyors to Epicures since 1847

We are always fascinated by vintage kitchen accessories. We are always trying to imagine the history and stories that cluster invisibly around them. We've never seen such a large collection of vintage spice jars, and we imagine Roya's grandmother must have been quite a cook.

If you're at all interested in these jars, email us and we'll put you in touch with Roya.

Related: Look! Spices Stored in Jam Jars

(Images: Roya via email)

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