I’ve been obsessed with English dairy slabs for a long time!
Many years ago, I saw antique English dairy slabs displayed in a beautiful kitchen, which happened to be featured in a popular interior design magazine.
At the time, I was already collecting English advertising pots, and after discovering these century old dairy slabs, I became obsessed with trying to find one to add to my collection.
Unfortunately, this was not easily done!
My mission to find an authentic antique English dairy slab was pretty futile.
I searched everywhere……flea markets, auctions sites, and antique stores, but I never found one, and I searched for years.
While visiting the Peabody Hotel in Memphis for the Thanksgiving weekend, hubby and I decided to take a day and do a little antiquing in the local antique shops.
I was totally shocked when I found TWO of these elusive dairy slabs sitting on a shelf inside one of the shops that we visited.
If you missed my previous post about this rare find, you can read about it here.
I’m still in shock that I found two authentic antique dairy slabs, a CHEESE and a PURE BUTTER slab, at a fraction of the price of what they are worth.
They are two of my most cherished finds, and finding those two set me on a mission to find more, because I love the way they look stacked on a kitchen counter.
What exactly are antique dairy slabs?
Antique dairy slabs were originally made from ironstone in England during the Edwardian period, dating to the late 1800’s – early 1900’s.
They were used in grocery stores and markets for margarine, butter, lard, meats, and cheeses.
The ironstone slab would keep the products cool while stored inside the dairy cases.
Of course, the black typography on each slab is the icing on the cake.
Highly sought after as a collectible, they are a true rarity to find one today, and they can sell for thousands of dollars. Yes, you heard that right, thousands of dollars.
For years, I searched for reproductions of these rare dairy pieces, hoping to just “get the look”, since I couldn’t find the real deal.
Over the years, I only found one company making reproduction dairy slabs.
The company happened to be in England, and they were constantly sold out.
I would check every few weeks, but I was never lucky enough to catch them in stock.
However, I’m still looking for more to add to my collection!
They are a bit like potato chips….you can’t have just one!
They are so much fun to stack several together or top with a glass cloche!
They make beautiful serving or display pieces, and add the perfect whimsical charm to your kitchen.
The slabs have iconic typography on the front such as “CHOCOLAT”, “CHEESE”, “FROMAGE”, “SAUSAGE”, “PURE BUTTER”, “CHARCUTERIE”, and “BUTTER”.
So, what you think about these dairy slabs? Are you enamored with them now like I am? How would you use one in your home?