Jet Age Accoutrements


The Jet Age Cooking experience can be enhanced by incorporating period-correct implements and accessories.

Starline Sugar Canister, 1959

Starline Sugar Pourer, 1959

Dripcut introduced the Starline range of sugar pourers and salt and pepper shakers in 1959. These vintage classics, designed by Henry C. Keck, were featured in a 2011 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: California Design 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”.

Starline Salt, Sugar and Pepper

Starline Salt, Sugar and Pepper

They have largely disappeared from retail shops but are still available from wholesale restaurant suppliers. The current manufacturer is Traex. If you are a perfectionist (as I am) you will find the quality is not quite top notch. However, they are inexpensive enough that I bought two sets and made keepers out of the best parts, donating the remaining units to a local charity.

I use the sugar pourer not for sugar, but for bulk-salting (boiling potatoes, cooking pasta, etc.) and the small salt shaker for seasoning. They are both kept right next to the stove. I purchased mine from Wasserstrom. You can often find the original Dripcut-manufactured versions on eBay.

Dansk Kobenstyle casserole by Jens H. Quistgaard.

Dansk Kobenstyle casserole by Jens H. Quistgaard.

You can still purchase this icon of the 1960s from Dansk, who introduced the Kobenstyle line in 1956. Again, these frequently show up on eBay, often in colors no longer available.

Fletcher's Mill Mario Batali pepper grinder

Fletcher’s Mill Mario Batali pepper grinder

These are not authentic 1960s artifacts, but they have the correct look and a great backstory. These pepper mills were originally built by a firm founded by classical drummer Vic Firth. Unsatisfied with the quality of existing drum sticks, Vic began manufacturing his own percussion sticks and hammers; then branched out to pepper mills.

I have a 12-inch tall version for Black Tellicherry pepper and a 7-inch for White Sarawak pepper, both in walnut-stained maple (walnut was the most popular decorative wood of the ’60s.) You can purchase these direct from Fletcher’s Mill.

Genuine Jet Age steakhouse candleholders

Genuine Jet Age steakhouse candleholder

These tabletop embellishments were ubiquitous in the 1960s. Sometimes seen in amber, but most commonly in red to match red-upholstered booths and chairs that were de rigueur at temples of beef consumption during the height of the Jet Age. These 3.75″ (9.5 cm) tall candleholders are available in red from Candleland. To light them, you’ll want a butane torch like this one


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