Collector's Corner: Rolling Pins
By Michele Alice
Irate wife chases hapless husband through house while brandishing a rolling pin!
Careless amateur chef accidentally clobbers associate on head with flying rolling pin!
Ne'er-do-well strikes it rich with his Rube-Goldberg-automated rolling pin!
While audiences might have found such fodder in early motion pictures amusing, few probably ever thought that the immensely practical rolling pin would ever be considered collectible. And though the term usually conjures the iconic image of a long wood cylinder with handles at each end, not all rolling pins are alike - or equally desirable to collectors.
Actually, there are two main types of rolling pins - rod and roller. The rod, usually of wood, is the long, thin, handle-less, often tapered cylinder preferred by French chefs, while the roller - more popular in the States - consists of a cylinder that rolls independently of the handles at each end. Though most commonly of wood, rollers have also been made of such materials as glass, marble, Bakelite, metals, plastic, and silicone.
Of course, the rarer an object, the more valuable it is to collectors, and the same rule holds true with the lowly rolling pin. Yellow Ware (also yellowware) pins from the 19th and early 20th centuries have sold for up to $1200. (Yellow Ware derives its name from the tinted clays from which it is made.) Knowledgeable collectors are also on the lookout for such types as the old, heavy stoneware pins with advertising under the glaze on the roller, Harker decorated ceramic pins, authentic Shaker double rolling pins, and Depression-glass pins. These all can sell for from several hundred dollars up to $1000 or more for particularly fine examples.
Luckily for collectors, many antique and vintage pins can be found for well less than $100, especially by trolling estate, yard, and rummage sales where "treasures" are often overlooked. And even less valuable specimens are often snapped up to serve as unique decorative elements. I have an acquaintance who displays several old wooden pins in a basket on her kitchen counter - a "bouquet" of pins.
Interested in learning more about this popular collectible? Check out the resources listed below, and
"The Rolling Pin Book," by Reginald King - Link to book
Collecting Rolling Pins - Link to eBay review guide - Highly helpful eBay Guide by 62851mary.
How to Display Your Vintage Rolling Pin Collection - Link to article - Check out these low-cost suggestions by R. Ann Siper.
Rolling Pins - Link to CroppingCooks website - This page at Cheryl Miller's The Cropping Cooks website discusses the history and types of rolling pins.
About the author:
Michele Alice is EcommerceBytes Update Contributing Editor. Michele is a freelance writer in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. She collects books, science fiction memorabilia and more! Email her at makalice @ adelphia.net eBay ID: Malice9
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