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Mid 19th Century Americana Original Patina Painted Pie Safe


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Fantastic primitive 19th century pie safe. Original green paint has worn into a classic antique patina. The piece was built in pine which places the origin in Virginia, the Carolinas or potentially New England. A combination of hardware can be found throughout the piece demonstrating a few updates over time. Original square nails. Punched tins are on each side combined with screen on the front doors and side rails. Pie safe origin can be traced back to the 1700s. Its popularity quickly boomed, and the pie safe was soon considered a crucial part of many American households. Not only were these safes used to store pies and other perishable goods, but they also prevented food from becoming spoiled or consumed by insects or vermin. Traditional pie safes are about the same size as a large bureau, with storage shelves that are often perforated. Most pie safes have doors on the front and sides that are ventilated using screens or tin plates with small holes. In many instances, the holes punched in the tin plates feature a design or shape, such as stars or eagles. A pie safe with a punched tin front promotes air circulation throughout the cabin while preventing dirt, insects and even hungry children from getting to the baked goods inside. For this reason, a pie safe with tin doors is the most common type of safe. Another benefit of this type of design is that it helps to keep the baked goods at a cooler temperature – there was a lack of proper refrigeration during the time when pie safes were most popular. While proper circulation kept insects out and helped to keep dust and dirt to a minimum, it also prevented mold from developing on the baked goods. Until ice boxes came along, most pie safes acted as a form of modern refrigeration and helped to keep food from spoiling. Pie safes remained popular until the later part of the 19th century. By this time, the furniture was largely produced in factories and no longer had that unique quality that had once made it so coveted.

Product Specifications

Depth: 17.5
Width: 44
Height: 62.5
Lead Time
0-3 Weeks (Limited Edition)

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