Vintage glass measuring jugs
made in Australia, 1930-1950s
I love a bit of vintage kitchenalia – and when you have three or more items of the same type/vintage they look great massed together in the contemporary kitchen. Add to that that these jugs are still good for their intended purpose – and equally good holding fruit or kitchen utensils or a bunch of flowers–and what’s not to love!
Glass measuring jugs were made during the Depression- glass being cheaper to manufacture than tin or steel. These jugs all measure 5 cups / 2 pints, with the graduated measurements cast in relief during the manufacturing process. There were often bubbles in the glass, and the visible seams in the jugs mark them out as being Depression glass. When buying vintage glass it’s important to check that the pouring lip and rim are entire- with no chips or scratches – especially if you intend using the piece in the kitchen.
These three jugs are in good condition, and are big enough to hold a pineapple. They are for sale: $AUD95
Aluminium measuring jugs
made in Australia c.1940s
The jug to the right still has its original ‘Waratah’ sticker which proudly proclaims “99% pure aluminium”. It has its measuring scale stamped on the inside – 2 pints or 40 oz. With a black bakelite handle [and lovely expressed mountings] it ticks all the boxes for me! It is relatively pristine and I hazard a guess as to an easy life since it was made.
The other two jugs show all the vicissitudes of a hard working kitchen life. The fronts-most jug has a brown bakelite handle, again with those expressed mounts. The last jug has a riveted aluminium handle. Both these jugs have the same inside scale as the Waratah, but with more dings and dulling of the aluminium. Evidence of real life!
Use the jugs in the kitchen, or as funky vases, or just add them to your collection of 40s jugs. You be the ju[d]g[e].