I just found a kitchen tool that was so caked in dirt that it was hard to tell what it was.
But I could tell that it was cast iron, that it was green, and that it was certainly old.
It took me twenty minutes of careful scrubbing to get the gunk off the cast iron without also removing what remained of that wonderful green paint. Sorry that I don’t have a “before” picture.
Here are the clean parts:
First, a crank with a silky polished wooden knob. I love that little wooden flange that keeps your fingertips from rubbing against the crank. A very thoughtful design detail!