At Your Service

From dish platters from the 1800s to Danish motif tea sets, our antiques expert is serving up some amazing culinary discoveries.


1 Dinner Theater
Not much of a cook? No worries. Elevate the ordinary with this 1880 covered Wedgwood serving platter, even if you’re just serving a heap of fried chicken from the IGA. $1,800, Frederick P. Victoria & Son, 718-392-9651, fpvictoria.com.

2 visual feast
A cherub serves wine amid a bounty of offerings on this set of 26 circa-1890 china plates (10¼” diam.), each trimmed with an elaborate gold border. $1,200 for the set, Huntting House Antiques, 74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 631-907-9616, hunttinghouseantiques.com.

3 Copper Mining
Long before food processors and nonstick cookware were de rigueur, every American kitchen was equipped with a large copper pot. This handsome circa-1910 version is ideal for chilling wine or stowing kindling and newspapers by the fireplace. $385, Black Swan Antiques, 2450 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 631-377-3012, blackswansouthampton.com.

4 Steeped in Tradition
Virtually every design by master metalsmith John Prip (1922–2009) embodies both Danish and American motifs. This circa-1950, five-piece silver-plate coffee and tea set features an oval tray with a black laminated wood inset. $3,275, Lon Hamaekers, 903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 917-838-4548, lonhama@mac.com.

5 The Daily Grind
Should you be mixing up enough guacamole or pesto to serve a dozen guests, or if you just need a pretty vessel for a floral arrangement, this circa-1900 cast-iron mortar and pestle (9” high, 8½” diam.) will do the trick. $600, Ruby Beets, 25 Washington St., Sag Harbor, 631-899-3275, rubybeets.com.