W elcome to Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds Kitchen Antiques. Nearly all the copper cookware you will find on this website is at least 100 years old, and often it is much older. Skilled artisans in Europe and the US made these pieces by hand. Each has had a long and eventful history–one that we may never know, but one that we can sense in the gentle surface wear and the details of its handmade construction. Even when it is in perfect condition, no one would mistake one of these fine antiques for a new or mass-produced product; the true patina is unmistakable. By patina I do not mean dirt and tarnish on the surface, which should be cleaned from cookware, but marks left by spoons that stirred inside the bowls a hundred years ago, minor dings and scratches, and even ancient repairs, all of which attest to a long life of hard work in the kitchen. I love these pieces because they are beautiful and because they are redolent of history. I do not believe they would want to spend the rest of their lives sitting idly on a shelf. They are every bit as practical and ready for use today as they have been for the past 100 to 200 years. Treat them well and they will be just as useful to, and revered by, generations yet to come. If you are disappointed in what you buy, please return it to me and I will refund your money. I want you to be delighted with your purchase.
FEATURED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE
Gifting | One-Stop Online Shops
Food, Men’s Fashion, Women’s Fashion | By FLORENCE KANE
There’s nothing quite like walking into a shop with your holiday gift list and finding something for everyone (or at least several of the giftees on your list) in that one place. That is, if it’s not one of those stores going out of its way to make your buying experience as irritating as possible. This year, try browsing online boutiques that offer one-stop gratification, whether you want to cross each recipient off in a single visit or cover perhaps at least all the tweens or pet-lovers in your life in a few clicks. Here are some of T’s favorites, from the gift-centric to green-thumbed and more.
Started by a former museum curator as a way to sell some of her large collection of antique copper cookware, Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds Kitchen Antiques is a must-browse for the cook on any list. Each polished piece, be it a 19th-century French savarin mold or British chocolate-pouring pot, would be the pride of any kitchen. Charming and informative descriptions of every item are included. T’s pick: Swedish teakettles, from $198.
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