June 19, 2013My Collection Obsession – Gourmates by Glo-Hill
One of my favourite kitchenware items to collect is Gourmates pieces. Gourmates were made from the 1940s to the 1970s in Montreal, Canada, by the Glo-Hill company. They are pieces of stainless servingware, bar sets, cutlery and other kitchen gadgets. Gourmates are always stainless, with red bakelite handles and sometimes clear glass bowl pieces as well. What really draws me to them is that although they are most definitely mid-century, the designs have a bit of an art deco quality to them as well, which I love. Here’s my collection!
I actually have two of this smaller serving tray – I keep one on my kitchen table all of the time as a centerpiece, and to hold my salt and pepper shakers.
This one should actually have two glass bowls in the top portion – it’s really hard to find these actually still with their glass pieces! I am hoping that I will eventually come across some glass bowls for it.
This two-tiered serving tray looks great holding pastries for dessert!
However, this three-tiered one looks even more impressive covered in pastries to serve!
This one is the smaller long and narrow tray, the same one that I showed in my recent garage sale finds post. It works great for nuts, candies, etc.
They did all originally come with these identifying stickers on the bottom – however it’s generally pretty hard to find pieces that still have the sticker on them!
I am curious to know, since these are Canadian made, do you American readers ever see these pop up in the US? I did come across a piece in Seattle, but since it was engraved for Canada’s Centennial, I am pretty sure it was a souvenier piece that someone had brought back from Canada! Anyway, I would love to know if these are common in the US at all!