Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Collecting Early Cutters

Good Morning All...
I am finally finding a minute to post!!!
A "little extra time" is something that I have very little of these days, so much is always going on around here!!
This morning's post is going to be about "early cookie cutters". I am going to share a little story with you about how I began collecting these fascinating little pieces of cut-and-shaped tin in just a few minutes, but first, I wanted to up-date you all on a couple of things...
My first and most exciting news...Hannah and baby are still hanging in there! Tomorrow she will be at 36 weeks and at her appointment last week she was FINALLY taken OFF bed rest!!! She has started to dilate a little and Baby could come at any time, but we are still hoping for our little "Nugget" to stay put for another week or two if possible.  This certainly has been a trying time for us all these past few months, and I couldn't have gotten through the bad days without all of my good friends and followers from this blog! Thank you all once again for your prayers and guys ROCK!!! :)
Second, I will be having a small up-date on my PT tonight at 7:00 CST. I will have a few cross-stitched items as well as a couple small hookings...AND...if I have time to dig them out, maybe even a few more "gently used" items as well. I have several errands to run today, so time will dictate that, but...if you can find a minute to stop by, I'd love to see you there! :)
Collecting Early Cutters...
It was back in the early 80's that I first fell in love with the "country" look. I had purchased a few old things here and there at garage sales or auctions, but I didn't really start "collecting" until the early 90's. My very first collection started with a small, tin-backed cookie cutter in the shape of a dog. I don't remember where we were going, but we were driving through the down town where we were living at the time and I asked my husband if we had time to stop at this little antique shop that was there on the corner. I had driven by it many times, but had never taken the time to stop, so that day we did.
I remember how fascinated I was as we browsed through the place and looked at all of the things they had for sale and I think that it may have been that very day that I first truly realized my appreciation for all things old. Because we had never collected antiques before and this was all so new to us, we had no idea of the cost of things either, and back then we didn't have a whole lot of extra money, so when we saw what some of the things we were interested in were going for, we were a little surprized....not a lot by today's standards, but for us just starting out, it sure was.
We were just getting ready to leave the shop when I spotted something in a little back room. It was an old corn dryer hanging from the ceiling and it was filled with old cookie cutters. Not the kind that my mom or grandma used either...these were cookie cutter like I had never seen before. They were all made of hand cut tin with flat backs and in all kinds of shapes! (If I had only known then what I know now about antique cutters!!) I specifically remember an eagle cutter that was just wonderfully detailed and it was priced at $18.00...can you believe it...just $18.00!!! I also remember one shaped like a boot, it was much more expensive than the eagle, but the man told us that it was very rare and so the price was quite high. They were both amazing and I would have loved to buy them both that day, but...
Then I spotted it...a darling little cutter in the shape of a DOG!!! By now you all know what a dog lover I am, and at that time, we had our first Golden Retriever, his name was Bo. I always say that he was the "love of my life...of dogs" and even though we lost him many years ago, there isn't hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of him, even  now...he was "my boy"!! Anyways, that cutter instantly reminded me of Bo, was reasonably priced at just $6.00, so I left that day with what I thought of back then as "the buy of a lifetime"!!
I don't know about any of you, but when I leave a shop or show with a wonderful new treasure, I love to sit and look at it...all the way home if I'm not the one driving!! I don't know why, but I always take my smaller treasures out of their bags and I look at them...I look at the patina, wonder about every little bump or bruise, think about the hands that crafted it all of those years ago...maybe that sounds silly to some of you, but to me, that is all a part of the thrill of finding a new piece. Needless to say, I held that little cutter all the way to our destination and all the way home as well! :)
For today's post I want to share a few of my favorite cutters with you...starting guessed it, my very first cutter...the little dog that reminds me of my it is...
...the little $6.00 purchase that started my collection all of those years ago!

The little lady here is my newest addition, she was purchased by my husband from my friend Darlene Lesicko when we stopped in for a visit on our way home from MO last December. He gave her to me for Christmas this past year. The Colonial man is probably my rarest piece and my second favorite, after "Bo".

I have bunnies and rabbits...

...and hearts in all sizes.
I especially love the little heart on the top right with the flat bottom...I like to imagine that it's maker didn't have a big enough piece of tin for the back, so he had to adjust it's shape to fit, I think that it's just precious!

Leaves for Fall...

Another favorite...a sweet little horse!!

Folky birds...I just love that comb on the head of the top bird...and their sweet little feet...too cute!!

A whale, cat, bear and lion!!

Rooster, Chicken and chick...

I think that the guy on the left is a sailor...though I can't be certain. Another little lady and a Parson!

A Santa and reindeer...

Stars, stars, stars...

And last, but not least...a couple of eggs...or at least that's what I think they are!!!
Well, my friends...I reeeeeally have to get going. Times a tickin' and I have another busy day ahead of me. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my early cutter collection...maybe it will inspire you to start collecting them too! ;)
As always, I thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a safe and wonderful day!


  1. What an assortment of subjects! Very nice collection. So glad to hear your daughter has made it to 36 weeks.

  2. Tina,
    I am adding your daughter to my prayer list! I will be praying for your peanut!

    Your collection is awesome. I have some hearts, and I have one large man with a flat back. He is rather old. I love the patina. I adore how you think of stories behind them. Yours are so varied. I would like to collect more, but I would like to get some ideas on how to display them, outside of a bowl which is great too. How do you display them?

    Just a lovely post!

  3. Hi Tina, So glad your daughter was taken off bed rest, I know what it is like to have that worry, my grandson was born at 27 wks and weighed only 1 lb and 14 ozs. He was in the nicu for 3 months. He is going to be 2 next week and now weighs 22 lbs, just a sweet blessing. You have a great collection of cookie cutters, just love those things. I have picked up a few of them and then when my aunt was going to sale her house after my uncle died, well she gave me all her old cookie cutters, she had a really nice collection also, so now I get to enjoy them. Thanks for sharing yours, sending you blessing and prayers for your upcoming grandbaby. Vicky

  4. Hi Tina,
    Great news about your daughter and peanut.
    I'm happy to hear that someone else holds their new purchases because that's exactly what I do. And if I'm the one driving it just means that I put everything in the passenger seat and pick them up at all the stoplights I get stopped at. Hubby just laughs because he always offers to put things in the trunk for me and I get all flustered trying to get in the car with my treasures. I love your cookie cutters! I've never seen some of those....just amazing!

  5. Tina,
    So happy to hear Hannah is doing so well and off of bed rest. Baby and momma will be meeting very soon now. How exciting for all of you!

    Love your c.c. collection! Boy, you have some great ones. I may have to start collecting some different ones.

    Looking forward to your update tonight. I'd wish you luck but I know you won't need it! You always sell out because you have so many wonderful things. Hugs, Lori

  6. Tina ~
    Congrats to Hannah and Nugget! That is terrific news.
    WONDERFUL collection. When I first started buying antiques in the early 80's if I didn't find something to buy, I'd always buy a cookie cutter so I did not come home empty-handed. Your collection is much better than mine!
    Hugs :)

  7. Thank you all for the nice comments!!

    Vicky, I remember your posts about little Oliver and I actually thought of you a few times when we were first getting the bad news about Hannah's condition. We have been so blessed to get this far and now it is just a matter of time before I will be a Grandma! :)

    Donna, I had to chuckle, I do that too...pick things up at the stop lights when I am driving and I never put
    anything in the trunk unless I buy so much that it can't all fit in the front and back seats! ;)

    Heather, I typically keep my cutters in a large wooden bowl, but have also displayed the seasonal ones in my apothecary jars or on shelves with my pewter, etc. I have also seen where people hang them on the soffit above their kitchen cupboards or over doorways, etc. or they hang them from tiny nails on an old bread board. I guess there are lots of possibilities when I think about it, just never take the time to try anything new...thanks for inspiring me to do something different!

    Lauren, that's a great idea...never leave without at least buying a cookie cutter...I could see a collection growing very quickly that way! ;) I bet you have an amazing collection as well!

    Lori and Marly, it's always so nice to read your comments as well and I appreciate you all keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!!

    Thanks again for the comments ladies...enjoy your day, Tina

  8. Whew!! Wonderful news about Hannah and the grand baby. I know she is happy to be out of that bed! My girl was a thirty six week baby and all she needed was the warmer to keep her body temp up since she had zero fat...she was plump as a plumb within weeks!
    Your cutters are all wonderful, but I must confess I adore the bird with the comb on the head...I love it! The colonial man is extra special as well.
    Waiting for the "arrival" news!
    Take good care,

  9. Hi Tina,
    Oh I'm so happy baby and mama are doing well - this is such happy news.
    I love old cookie cutters...have 2 jars full and several bowls with them in and the year we moved into our home here I had a wall covered with cookie cutters LOL Now I think back and how busy that wall was.
    I started collecting about 35 years ago when we went to Pennsylvania I found a man who hand made them and they looked old and antique...but they worked right in with my old ones.
    I love your collection!

  10. Tina, I am so happy about your daughter and little Nugget!!Very soon they will meet!I just love it when you post. I could sit and read for hours. You have a wonderful collection of old cookie cutters/ I have an old dough bowl full of them. My favorite are old biscuit cutters/They are lovely and just enjoyed looking at all yours.Your family will be in my prayers. Take care ~~Candi

  11. Hi Tina
    Sorry I just read your post now I myself have been very busy!! I am so thrilled to hear that your daughter is doing well and I wish her the most luck, joy and happiness. It will be a concern but your reward will be a blessing like nothing else.
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cookie cutter collection. I too have started one a few years ago and I love them. To me they are instant decor, history and a feeling of home and comfort. I mean really when you look at an old cookie cutter how could you not think of a grandmother in the old kitchen baking!!! What a wonderful feeling.
    I am sad I missed your update but I have been busy with your needlepoint designs and they are gorgeous. I can't wait for the new ones. I will just take one of each!!!!LOL!!! You truly inspire me Tina with all you do.
    Thank you again for the update and best of luck and many prayers for all !!!

  12. You have a wonderful collection of the old cookie cutters! Great shapes!