Antique Griffith Spice Racks and Original Glass Jars

The 1940's and 1950's Griffith glass milk bottles were used to keep spices in and were made in a variety of sizes. The spices were the actual focus of the Griffith Laboratories products at the time, yet it is the beautifully simple glass jars which have become so collectible today. There are slight variations to look for in these. Some will have their original lids while others are strictly shakers. These also come in different colors for not only the glass (normally white or a brown for chocolate milk bottles), but for the lids and labels as well.

Original Griffith Spice Jar Label

If you look at some of the complete sets you can see by the paper labels that there were lots of different spices with listings of ingredients on the backs as well. In those long ago days these were a modern way of keeping and displaying spices and they definitely reflect the Art Deco style which was so common of that time period.

Griffith Milk Glass with Red Lids

These are considered collectible today and while they have the ability to appeal to people who collect shakers, spice racks or other Art Deco kitchen items, they are also good for storing a variety of other things so you just need to get a little bit creative. The measurements of the smaller spice jars are typically 3.5 inches by 1.25 inches and can have black lids, red lids or yellow lids. Some of the larger ones measure 4.25 inches by 1.75 inches. These may have both regular and shaker lids or they will have only the regular type as sometimes the lids will have been lost over the years.

When looking for original examples keep in mind that the better the condition the paper labels are in, the more these antique items will be worth. Also note that breaks, chips and cracks will diminish the value of these. Finding complete sets of these is the ultimate goal for collectors especially when they have the original Griffith spice racks with a complete set of the jars.

The actual spice racks from the 1940's and 1950's that came with the jars can bring to mind images of what we call retro decor today. These represent the wonderful Art Deco designs in bright and cheerful colors. These bottles and jars were originally sold in several different Griffith spice rack styles ranging from wood to a similar Bakelite type of plastic which was one of the precursors to plastics we see today. As with many products of that time, the war put a halt to the production due to constraints upon the materials.

Antique Griffith Spice Rack

While the designs are less detailed than many of the old spice racks of that time period, the plastic ones are very colorful, and this seems to be very appealing to people wanting to use authentic vintage spice racks and jars within their kitchen decor.

It is common to find these with some wear on the bottle caps simply due to usage over the years. It is also surprisingly common to find that many of the jars still have spices in them while those are likely to be far from fresh. The milk glass bottles may be ribbed on each side and you can tell by the feel of them that they were well made as were many products from the 40's and 50's. They are very solid and the lids are made from metal.

Different woods appear to have been used in the construction of the spice racks. The Griffith Laboratories typically produced these in 2-tier designs so that they could hold plenty of spice jars, some can even hold twelve of the larger square jars. The measurements for these spice racks are normally 12 inches in length and 4 inches in depth. On many of these designs there is also a metal back which is fastened to the wood. It is easy to spot the true vintage examples by looking at the paint and metal itself since they are quite different from the way things like this are produced today.

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