While cleaning out my mom’s home I found these boxes of spices and wondered, ‘Why did she keep these all these years?’ Are old spices collectible to anyone? Let me know so I just don’t throw them away along with half the stuff in this place.
Karen from Pelham
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, yes, I believe the spice boxes would be of interest to the right collector. Not the contents though. No one would want to be using them today.
The history of Slade’s spices goes back to the 1800s. The mill, which was in Revere, Mass., was registered in the 1970s as a National Historic Place. Back when your spices were made, it was all done by hand. Then things went modern and were done all by electricity, as they are mostly done today.
I think the interesting thing about your spice boxes is that your mom still had them. But I find anyone who grew up through the Depression era tends to be compelled to keep things. Every day I hear, ‘My mom and dad saved everything.’ I think I would too if I had lived through the Depression.
As far as a value goes, Karen, I think they are probably worth to a kitchen collector in the price range of $10 apiece. So it’s a good thing to have saved. Tins are more common than boxes, and all companies are different, so values on each brand and style vary. So before you throw them out, have someone come and do a walk-through to see what else you might have for a hidden treasure.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at email@example.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).