Today, in our homes we have dozens of utilitarian items that we use on a daily basis that are, well let's just say ugly or plain or uninspired. One way to live a more inspired life is to surround yourself with beautiful things. Remember, beautiful does not necessarily mean expensive, it is the small touches that can turn your routine into a treat.
Fine silver muffineers can still be found at reasonable prices and are a wise investment as a muffineer can serve you in so many ways. Your options are vast.
Traditionally, a muffineer was presented with tea service to hold powdered sugar to top tea cakes & scones. Even today, a muffineer on your table for tea or brunch can still hold powdered sugar to compliment your meal.
A muffineer can serve a more savory roll when used to hold grated parmesan cheese as a compliment to artichokes, corn on the cob, pizzas & salads.
When used in the bar, the muffineer can serve as a sugar or cocoa shaker to compliment hot or cold drinks. Even for brunch, a muffineer can hold a celery salt mixture as part of a bloody mary cocktail.
(Always remove any salt from silver before storing).
One of my favorite uses for antique muffineers is in the dressing room. Filled with fine powder, it is a lovely, easy shaker. Also, when filled with lavender buds the pierced dome top allows for the fresh scent fill the room.
What ever your style, a muffineer can add a little something special to almost any room in your home.
Just another example of form and function that spans the centuries.
A little more information...
What is a muffineer?
The word “muffineer” started to be used in the early 1800s to describe a shaker used to hold powdered sugar which could be sprinkled upon muffins, scones, and other breakfast goods. 19th century society had a predilection for coming up with a kitchen tool for almost any occasion, and for a time, the muffineer was a distinct and specialized kitchen utensil. Today, vintage muffineers are often sold as “antique salt shakers” or “sugar sprinklers” to collectors, and they are rarely used for their original purpose.
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