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Vintage Tala Cake Tin – SOLD

28 Sep

Vintage Tala 3-tiered cake tin

Vintage Tala 3-tiered cake tin

This is only the second complete Tala cake tin that I’ve come across. I spot the individual tins now and again, but to find a set complete with all three tiers is pretty unusual. Sadly though, the paintwork on this set has taken a bit of a beating over the years, and if I didn’t know to look for the lettering spelling ‘Cake’ I probably would have missed it (see pics under ‘more’). But the inside of the tins is reasonably clean, and despite the shape being a little dented in places, the tins still fit together pretty easily. With the rise of the cupcake obsession and homemade goods in general, tins like these are becoming more and more popular. This would be the great gift for someone starting a little home industry business, or anyone who’s seriously into their baking (you’d have to be a pretty dedicated baker to make three cakes at one go!).

Dimensions: 24cm high x 23cm in diameter

Price: R200

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Collection of Kitchenalia – SOLD

3 Aug

Collection of vintage kitchenalia

Collection of vintage kitchenalia

How’s this lot for an interesting collection of kitchenalia?! For me the most interesting piece is the ‘automatic’ can opener – the only problem is that the instructions are in German, and my brain can’t really fathom exactly how it’s meant to be automatic – I couldn’t get it to work at all! So sadly it’s more of a display piece than anything else, although it does have a bottle opener as part of its kit so you could at least use it to open a few beers. The Sky-Line knife sharpener may look a little worse for wear (the metal’s a bit corroded), but it works a treat, and I didn’t try out the Nutbrown egg separator, but I don’t imagine too much can go wrong with that. The Juistractor is meant for squeezing the juice from citrus fruit – I tried it out on a naartjie (no oranges in my fridge), but I think it needs a tougher skin to be effective, plus a naartjie’s not quite big enough (you need to screw the Juistractor in quite a way). I think that the Tala Pastry Cutters might also be more of a curiosity item than anything else. Both the tin and the cutters are pretty worn, although they can probably still cut through pastry. And finally, the iconic Tala Cook’s Measure – these are so popular that they’ve been in production for close to 70 years. This is one of the older ones, and its age is showing. The paintwork’s not in terrrible nick and you can still read the measurements quite clearly, but the metal’s gone a bit wonky, so it’s not a perfect cone anymore, but I’m sure it’ll still do the job just fine!

Dimensions:

  • Monopol automatic can opener – 9.5cm wide x 9.5cm long
  • Sky-Line knife sharpener – 20cm long x 4cm wide
  • Nutbrown egg separator – 8.5cm in diameter x 3.5cm tall
  • Juistractor – 7cm long x 3.5cm in diameter
  • Tala Pastry Cutters – 9cm tall x 10cm in diameter (measurement of tin)
  • Tala Cook’s Measure – 14.5cm high x 11cm at its widest

Prices:

  • Monopol automatic can opener – R55
  • Sky-Line knife sharpener – R70
  • Nutbrown egg separator – R50   SOLD
  • Juistractor – R45
  • Tala Pastry Cutters – R55   SOLD
  • Tala Cook’s Measure – R75   SOLD

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Measuring Spoons and Tala Cook’s Measure – SOLD

13 Mar

Tala Cooks Measure & measuring spoons

Tala Cooks Measure & measuring spoons

Despite the fact that they’re still manaufactured today, these vintage Tala Cooks Measures are very sought after. And I can see why! Aside from the fact that they’re handy items to have in the kitchen, they’re probably also the nicest looking measuring cups you can find – and somehow it’s always nicer to have an original. There’s a bit of wear to the outside of the cup, and the inside has yellowed a bit, but its condition is to be expected given its age (these cups were first manufactured in 1950).

I bought all three of these 1/4 cup measuring spoons from the same home, which is a bit odd really – I don’t know why you would need three of them? But I was very happy to have found them! I love these old painted wooden kitchen utensils. They’re not the most practical items in that the paint tends to flake off over the years, but even when they’re pretty worn (as this lot is) they still have a certain charm about them.

Dimenions: Tala Cooks Measure – 14cm tall x 10.5cm in diameter; Measuring spoons – 21cm long x 6cm wide (at their widest)
Price: Tala Cooks Measure R90; Measuring spoons – R45 each

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Collection of Kitchenalia – SOLD

13 Feb

Collection of kitchenalia

Collection of kitchenalia

This is a rather eclectic, but impressive collection of kitchenalia – if I do say so myself! My favourite piece is probably the small T.G. Green bowl which you use to separate the egg white from the yolk. Not being the most skilled of bakers, I think that something like this would prove rather handy. The vintage slotted spoon is perfect for getting your eggs out of boiling water (I used it last night and it worked a treat!), and the Tala ice cream scooper is a classic – I own a red version of this, and they really are very functional – and cool looking to boot! I’m not sure how often one would use a coconut shredder, but for interest sake alone it’s worth buying. I haven’t had a chance to try out the Kwik Whip mixer or the  Kitchamajig, but with names like those they just have to be cool – although I’m a little dubious at how quick the Kwik Whip really is (the glass jar scares me a wee bit – I think the whipping action might do some damage). And last, but not least, we have the Tala pastry cutters. I think that they date to the 1950s, and are pretty worn, but they really are a lovely set. The box itself is quite special, and while the metal of the pastry cutters is a bit worse for wear, I’m sure that they’re still perfectly fuctional.

P.S. Sadly I managed to break the pie bird after taking this photo, so it’s no longer available.

Dimensions:

  • Kwik Whip Mixer – 20cm tall x 8cm in dameter
  • Coconut shredder – 15cm ta; x 16cm wide (from handle to end of shredder)
  • Kitchamajig – 25xm long
  • T.G. Green egg separator – 4cm tall x 10cm in dameter
  • Tala ice cream scooper – 21.5cm long
  • Tala pastry cutters – 9cm tall x 10cm in diameter (measurement of tin)
  • Slotted spoon – 16cm long

Prices:

  • Kwik Whip Mixer – R85
  • Coconut shredder – R95
  • Kitchamajig -R55
  • T.G. Green egg separator – R85
  • Tala ice cream scooper – R75
  • Tala pastry cutters -R135
  • Slotted spoon – R65

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Three Tiered Vintage Cake Tin – SOLD

12 Jan

Three tiered vintage cake tin

Three tiered vintage cake tin

This set of cake tins from Tala (England) are a bit worse for wear, but the wear and tear looks about right for their age – I think that these tins date to the early ‘50s. Despite being pretty beaten you can still make out the word ‘cakes’ and the inside of the tins is reasonably clean. It’s not likely that many people these days are going to make three cakes at one go, but these tins would be perfect for cupcakes which have taken the world by storm over the past few years. You could also use them to store a family’s supply of biscuits. Whatever you chose to use them for these vintage tins will definitely add a bit of street cred to your kitchen.

Dimensions: 24cm high x 23cm in diameter

Price: R160

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Tala Cook’s Measure – SOLD

25 Feb

Tala Cook's Measure with Original Box

Tala Cook's Measure with Original Box

I’ve come across quite a few of these Tala Cook’s Measures over the years, but generally they’re badly rusted and full of scratches. This is the first one I’ve found in its original box, although the box itself is not in great condition. This particular model was manufactured in 1950 and is in near perfect condition. The box provides a recipe for Marble cake that calls for dried eggs – the lady I bought it from said that she remembers people using dried eggs during the war when fresh eggs weren’t available – sounds delightful! The measuring cup is for dried food stuffs and provides easy measurements for baking ingredients such as icing sugar and rolled oats. Most of the measurements are in ounces, but there are also one or two cup measurements and a conversion from pounds to grams on the outside of the cup. This really is a lovely example of retro kitchenalia – hopefully it will a find a deserving home to go to!

Dimensions: 14.5cm high x 11cm at its widest

Price: R85

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