Antique Butcher Blocks
Antique Butcher Blocks are wooden blocks originally used by butchers for cutting meat.

Brief history and description

A butcher block is a piece of wood that has been used as a cutting board by commercial meat cutters for nearly 200 years, however, in recent years both antique and modern butcher blocks have become a decorative and useful item for home owners as well.

Originally butcher blocks were made out of tree trunks and featured a round shape, but as time went on butcher blocks were eventually built as smaller square strips and made of wood such as oak, teak, walnut or maple.

Guide for collectors

Large oak French butcher blocks that were built during the 19th century are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Butcher blocks that include features such as a knife holder or storage drawers are also considered to be more valuable.

Many antique butcher block collectors have a passion for restoring and refinishing antique butcher blocks, however this may decrease their value.

For more information regarding antique butcher blocks, visit Maple Block's official website or the Butcher Block Co.'s official website.

Value

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold a 19th century French oak butcher block (59" x 98" x 30") with a scalloped backsplash, a center cast iron seashell, two cast iron steer heads, two drawers ad a four-door base cabinet for $8,500 in June of 2011.

Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold an oak cocktail table butcher block (15" x 56.5" x 28.5") for $30 in June of 2011.

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold a 19th century French oak butcher block (32" x 30" x 30") for $500 in December of 2011, and another French oak butcher block (35" x 40" x 30") with a knife holder and storage drawer for $1,500 in December of 2010.

Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold a primitive round butcher block for $340 in October of 2005.

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold a 19th century Belgian butcher block (41.5" x 59" x 27") with two storage drawers for $4,000 in June of 2005.

New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery, Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana sold a rock maple butcher block (33.5" x 30.5" x 30.5") for $850 in February of 2009.

Dotta Auction Co., Inc in Nazareth, Pennsylvania sold a maple butcher block (34" x 31" x 25") for $50 in December of 2007.

Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold a teak ice bucket butcher block (8.25" x 9.25") for $40 in December of 2011.

See also

Main article: Antiques
Main article: Vintage kitchenware

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