If you’ve been reading this blog even a little bit, you’ll have realized by now that I love to
hoard collect vintage kitchen stuff. It’s what I sell the most in the Vintage Eve’s shop and also what I write about the most. This week changes nothing! Look at this gorgeous Androck sifter with nifty atomic fifties graphics!
It has 3 sifting screens and single-hand action! How cool is that?! Seriously, I love this stuff. I’ve seen Androck pieces since I started collecting but when I went looking for information on the company, there was not a ton to find.
I dug deep starting with Trademarkia.com which I’ve had to do before with the Lincoln BeautyWare I wrote about a few weeks ago. Sometimes, no matter how many items a company produces, there’s just not a lot of information out there about them.
What I did find out was that Androck is a trademark of The Washburn Company. This led me to a book called “Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles” by Brian Alexander. According to Alexander, Charles Washburn started his company in 1880 and it was incorporated in 1882 as the Wire Goods Company.
Then in 1911 a division of the Wire Goods Company, based in Chicago, and the Andrews Wire and Iron Works of Rockford, Il., merged in 1917. That still wasn’t the end of it, though. Finally in 1922, all those companies and one other manufacturer merged to finally become The Washburn Company.
They were located in Rockford, Il. and Worcester, Ma. Androck was a successful line into the 1940’s with their colorful red, yellow and green Catalin plastic handles. Production halted for a bit during WWII while the Washburn Co. produced items for the war effort.
Now, my sifter and other Androck sifters got better and better when production resumed, until they came out with their best one (ahem, mine included) that had 3 screens and one-handed sifting action. They actually made a number of other items. Alexander says that the company made all kinds of kitchen gadgets; nut choppers, onion choppers and more.
According to Alexander, “in 1967 Roblin Steel Corp. of Buffalo, NY, acquired the Washburn Co.” All the production was consolidated into the Worcester, Massachusetts plant in 1973. But in 1975, that plant was closed. The machines and tools were sold to other companies so the Androck name showed up on products after 1975, but the true Androck production ceased in 1975.
Androck is a great collectible. Their items from the 30’s through the 50’s are some of the most collected items, including their great sifters!
That’s about all I could find about this great company. They were another one of those companies that created items that our parents or grandparents used to create the meals we remember eating around the kitchen table. Have a great week!
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