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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Brimfield Treasures ~

Rolling Pins ~ A Brief History
Bought these gorgeous rolling pins on my Brimfield trip on Tuesday. I love them!
Started researching a little bit ~ the larger one is from England. The coin inside shows when it was made ~ but is too old and worn to read.
I found that rolling pins had significance other than baking or decorating.
Sailors at sea would often spend their long days carving beautiful, intricate rolling pins to give to their loves back home. They were often made with Lignum Vitae, a trade wood found in the Caribbean and northern coast of South America. It was used in many things, especially on ships due to its strength and density. The handles were often fashioned from whale bones. 
In the 18th century in England, companies began making glass rolling pins. They were hollow and sailors would give them to loved ones or to girls they hoped to marry. They were often filled with fine vinegars, cocoa, baking items or even bath salts. One end had a cork and when they were emptied, they could then be filled with cold water to help the ease of rolling out fine doughs and pastries.
They were often engraved with things like ~ "be true to me,” “for my mother,” and “may the eye of the Lord watch over you.”
There is much more in the way of history, but I loved the fact that they became an item that men put so much time into creating for the women they held so dear.

In His Love ~ Kim
"With Jesus in Her Heart, and Coffee in Her Cup"