Vintage enamelware, also called enameled ware, became popular in the 19th century, when manufacturers of kitchen staples such as pots and pans coated everything from heavy cast iron to lighter steel with enamel.When fired, the enamel glazed, creating a non-porous surface that was easier to clean than exposed metal.
I like to know about stuff, especially stuff I like. Enamelware is something I like & collect, so I wanted to find out more about it. Enamelware was the first mass-produced American kitchenware.
Enamelling was no longer limited to decorative arts and crafts.
Were enamel-lined cooking pots really as clean and safe as they seemed?
Finding out what cooks or housekeepers thought in the early days is not so easy.
Over the next few decades enamel-coated metal came into use for domestic pots, pans, basins, as well as for street signs, medical equipment and more.