It has been a wild week of purging closets, cabinets, the china hutch, the file cabinet…ad nauseam. Although the cabinets were not scheduled to be delivered until the third week of July, we received notice that some of them were in this week. I have been carefully cleaning and packing the family heirlooms to take to my sister, nieces, and great-niece. While I know what belonged to whom, I did not always know the history of the piece itself, and I have have been researching the companies that produced the items and when they were in use. The lemon/orange reamer belonged to my Great-Grandmother. She was living with my maternal grandmother from the time I can remember.
Hazel Atlas produced the Crisscross pattern reamer from 1936-1938. It came in clear, green, pink, and blue. Some had the flat (or tab) grip and some had a tea-cup handle.
In 1946, they cost pennies. Now on ebay and etsy, they can range from $18-20 up to a hundred, depending on the color and quality.
Hazel Atlas also manufactured butter plates & covers and refrigerator dishes in the criss cross pattern. Great Grandmother’s butter dish has not fared as well as the reamer for juicing lemons and oranges, probably due to it being heavier.
And now, back to wrapping and packing–break time is over. 🙂