Category Archives: tin

Vintage Metal Storage Container marked Preserve

This is a vintage metal storage jar, or container used to keep dry goods, such as coffee, tea, herbs, or baking needs. The container is embossed with the word ‘Preserve’ and given the build of the container this does not imply it should be filled with jams or jellies, but with something dry.

Metal Kitchen Container marked 'Preserve' tin for tea, coffee, flour, herbs

Metal Kitchen Container marked 'Preserve' tin for tea, coffee, flour, herbs

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern

This is a Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern made of folded tin!

Edward Katzinger immigrated to the United States in the 1880s and settled in Chicago. He was a tinsmith and mechanic by trade. He set up shop to make tin pans for commercial bakeries. In a 1920s sales letter from the company, it’s stated that “they were the largest company in the tin pan business because they made nothing but tin pans.”

The company’s name quickly shortened to Ekco as the brand name. By the 1930s, kitchen tools and utensils were added to the line after they acquired the A&J Company. In 1939, Edward’s son, Arthur, took over the company. From the 1940s there were several acquisitions including a cutlery firm, a metal stamping plant, a wood products company, and a plastics molder. All were combined under the Ekco name. By the 1950s, the company was heralding itself as “the greatest name in housewares,” and to be honest they did make just about every imaginable kind of pan, utensil or gadget.

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern

Ovenex ECKO Loaf Tin Pan with Starburst Pattern