5 interesting facts about cast iron bottle openers that you didn't know.
We've been casting them from original patterns for years at Yester Home and we didn't know all of them.
1.Bottle openers only became common kitchen items after the crown top (also called the crown cork) was invented by a Baltimore bottler named William Painter in 1892.
2.The presence of a Prest-o-lite hole is one way to date an opener, but another clue is to look for the name of the company that made the opener, which, prior to 1920, was commonly stamped into the metal along with the registered design number at the head.
3.Vintage Cast Iron Bottle Openers were mainly used as an advertising tool depicting the company name but not only for brewery's but also for dairies.
4.Cast iron bottle openers were made in many shapes and sizes, often very cheeky with many different types of naked lady. But also many have been used to commemorate more Royal occasions such as Charles and Diana's wedding day.
5.Most early bottle openers weren't sold but given away free with a bottle of beer ( well we won't argue with that).
They make the perfect giveaway.
If you could make your own personalised cast iron bottle opener what would put on yours?
Whenever you visited my Grandmothers home at lunchtime, smells of deliciousness would always be wafting from her kitchen. Although today has seen a surge in healthy options and food is available from all over the world, there was nothing as comforting and warming as knowing all that home-cooked goodness would soon be filling any longing you had for nurturing. We still believe the kitchen is the heart of the home and fundamental to well being, curiosity and cosy home comforts.
In those days the kitchen was a simple place with homemade cupboards using whatever was available to store and stack garden-grown vegetables and homemade jams and pickles.
Open shelving was the norm and you could even find a bath under the kitchen counter that doubled up as a bathroom when the kitchen was not being used.
One of my Grandmothers favourite dishes was a homemade pie baked in an enamel pan.
You could always find plenty of enamelware lining her pantry door. Home baking was the norm. Everyone knew where her pantry was, delighting in finding some new relish inside or discovering the garden Rhubarb was ready to dip into a cup of sugar to eat raw until scolded not to get a tummy ache.
The pantry always had a little sign on it so that no one would confuse it for the WC even though everyone already knew where it was.
We now love to think that our products help create a little of that nostalgia for homes and relish finding new and exciting designs that make inviting interiors, cosy kitchens with authentic touches reminiscent of that genuine homeliness.
According to recent statistics new build homes are now being built with more bathrooms than occupants. It seems it's not quality but the quantity of bathrooms that is the new must-have in the home.
With so many bathrooms and toilets to choose from how is anyone going to find them unless you have a bathroom or toilet door sign.
It could be very easy to walk into the office, laundry or pantry by mistake and so a sign on that door may be a good idea too.
We have plenty of toilet door signs to choose from and you can be as serious or quirky as you like. We have toilet door symbol badges to represent the difference between male, female and disabled toilets and also many different sizes, finishes and metals for the many worded toilet signs.
There are also the message signs that act as a reminder to please wash your hands, which is great if you have little ones.
We also have WC and Loo as alternative wording if that's your style.
So however many toilets and bathrooms you have it always helps if guests know where to find them.
Even if you only have one tiny toilet you can give it a sign on importance as the smallest rooms take on a new prestige.
We've been thinking about appreciation this week. One of the things we really appreciate at Yester Home is you, our customers and clients.
Image David Marcu @davidmarcu
Many of you are faithful to us and come and visit Yester Home time and time again, filling your homes with our beautiful homeware. This is a great example sent to us from @stlennys
We really appreciate the time you spend with us and love seeing you return again and again. For this reason, we love to offer you a great experience browsing through everything we work so hard to bring to you. We now have a huge range of beautiful homeware and giftware at Yester Home.
We want the visitors who come to your home to love the time they spend with you too. Creating a beautiful warm, welcoming space is rewarding and we love to think we may have had a little something to do with making that effortless and cost-effective for you.
Here at Yester Home we like to think that you can find some of the highest quality hardware and homeware that won't break the bank.
We also like to look for those little things that make coming home a pleasure.
Those small bespoke touches that make your home unique, individual and somewhere to put your feet up relax and ease away the cares of the day.
All of our items are carefully chosen or created by us to offer you something truly stylish, carefully crafted (often hand-made) yet also authentic.
We have been developing our range of cabinet furniture for many years now, often searching out old original door furniture and recreating patterns that give today's modern homes original elements.
Our full range of cabinet furniture is always being added to as we find those iconic items that bring a dull worn out kitchen to life again or change the look of a kitchen completely just by the addition of new knobs and latches.
We also make those smaller vintage items that you want in your kitchen or bar that are not only made from original patterns but are also practical and useful every day. Items like our original bottle openers that are either handheld or wall mounted mean that you are never far from being able to open a bottle effortlessly.
Opening a beer and putting your feet up at the end of a busy week has to be one of life's little luxuries and we hope our beer bottle openers make that enjoyable and easy.
Just holding one in your hand connects you to that little bit of history as you contemplate all that you appreciate today and yesterday. Some good things are really made to last.
Houseplants and shelving go together like sugar and cream or tea and biscuits, but whatever you are thinking of placing on your shelves, having sturdy, beautiful shelves and brackets in the first place is a must.
Look what our customer has created with these lovely white cast iron brackets.
Here at Yester Home we have been designing and casting brackets for as long as we can remember.
Often using original patterns from the Victorian era or designing our own unique designs with style and practicality in mind, we have since hand made our own shelving range to make life that little bit easier when it comes to choosing the right shelves for your project.
The beautiful range of handcrafted and finished shelves produce have been so popular we want to offer you some wonderful items to place on them.
We know everyone loves houseplants at that moment, us included and for this reason, we are now getting ready to offer you some wonderful plant pots, plant containers and tubs we're sure you will love.
So whether it is shelving in your kitchen, dining room, living room, hallway or bathroom you are thinking of, we're sure to have that little decorative feature to make them look really special.
When it comes to designing and making great products for the home you want something stylish but practical and we have designed the perfect nutcracker to use with every type of nut.
This cast iron nutcracker was designed by our main product developer back in the 1990's when he was using newspaper on his lap to catch the nut shells as he cracked nuts with a hand held cracker. 'I'm sure I can invent something better than this' he thought and the result is this stylish, hard working, hard wearing practical nutcracker. A bit like him we think, but don't say we said that !!! This nutcracker makes a great gift idea too but let us tell you our five great reasons that this is the cracker for you this Christmas.
1. Stylish Design. This nutcracker can be left out on display all year round it looks so good.
2. Easy to use. This nutcracker is so easy to use a child can operate it. Perfect for those with joint or mobility problems as it is simply a matter of letting the turn handle do all of the hard work.
3. Fun to use. It makes cracking nuts fun and enjoyable as you slightly turn the handle and hear the nut shell begin to crack.
4. Hard wearing. This nutcracker has been made out of last a lifetime durable cast iron. It will still be cracking your nuts in 10 years time and beyond.
5. The cleanest nutcracker around with its handy shell catching bowl there will be no more nut shells all over your floor.
So for us it's the best nutcracker on the market and one you will be pleased you bought year after year. It can be easily cleaned too with just a wipe over with a damp cloth every now and again. But don't spend too long thinking about it as we tend to run out of stock every year just before Christmas as they are so popular with men and women alike. We hope you like our reasons to buy one but we hope you love your cast iron nut cracker even more.
Brass has been a trendsetter in the home for 2019 and is set to continue into 2020 as it compliments a variety of styles from traditional to contemporary.
The metals versatility can create warmth in a space, bring elegance or even add industrial charm. For these reasons brass and has been very popular in kitchens with people making the charm of brass their go to choice.
See our great range of Gift Ideas for Autumn/Winter from Boot Racks to Beer Carriers, there's something for everyone.
Spring is finally here, which in days gone by meant only one thing, it was time to get organised, clear any clutter and have a thorough deep spring clean.
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