I love reading "show and tell" threads like this and I know almost everyone has a few of them: Treasured items in your kitchen passed down from mom or grandma, that you can't do without. I want to hear about your treasures, the stories that go with them and the dishes you cook with them.
The "first three cookbooks" thread got me thinking about it because two of mine are books.
The first (and favourite) one is my great-grandmother's "Presto! The Magic Cook Book" by Standard Brands Limited (makers of Magic Baking Powder in the brown and yellow tin). http://www.flickr.com/photos/27413256... It was a promotional booklet printed in Toronto around 1930 and was the source of a lot of her go-to recipes for tea biscuits, scones, cakes, cookies, breads and other "famous" baked goods. The book also has a lot of various recipes that don't contain baking powder - for soups, meats, salads and puddings. It's a great little collection of classic Canadian recipes with a beautiful cover. I love it.
I mentioned the 1943 (War Time Edition) Joy of Cooking http://www.thejoykitchen.com/history.... that I found at a Flea Market in the other thread. Technically this book isn't a family treasure but I cherish it because my grandma was with me when I bought it. She was so excited to see it because her mother had the exact same edition, but her copy had been lost over the years. I don't know who Mrs. Russell Dickhout was, but I treasure her book with hand written recipes and notes in the back. There is a recipe that "comes from a young mother who pickles Hallowe'en pumpkin," and I really want to try it. This book is just a great all around reference and Irma Rombauer's original writing is so endearing to me. I can feel close to my great grandma when I use her favourite cooking bible.
Another non-book item I have is my mom's set of brown, orange and cream pyrex mixing and serving bowls. The colours and pattern are honestly not that attractive, but they have great sentimental value and I love pulling them out of the cupboard to mix up a batch of cookies! I also have the brown stoneware serving set with matching gravy carafe that she always used for Sunday roasts. I wouldn't serve roast-anything without it and it looks great in my kitchen.
What are your most treasured kitchen items? Sorry if this topic has been done before, if it has I missed it.