Many years ago, there was an estate auction at the home of a little old lady who attended our church. My husband and I bid on this trunk and got it for $15.00. It's made of metal, wood, and pressed tin. I've always thought it was pretty. These days it sits at the foot of our bed.
Label on the inside of the lid
April 26, 1902
I never understand why people sell stuff like this, but I suppose at the time it just didn't mean anything to her, or because she was breaking up housekeeping, she was eager to get rid of extra stuff. I've never had that problem. Unfortunately. (Although I threw away my collection of Stax potato chip containers. Those beautiful bright blue and yellow containers look like they should useful for something! I know, this is how hoarding begins, and I don't have them anymore. But it was tough. I like containers. They're the better part of many products.)
It's got interesting hardware and leather handles
including this decorative metal button
and joiner hardware
The color on the tin is original. We've done nothing to 'destroy the patina,'
I've learned something from 'Antiques Roadshow!'
I suspect this trunk came from 'the old country,' most likely owned by a Scandinavian immigrant, like that woman's parents.
Maybe we need to look at our belongings with an eye to the future, not just whether or not they're getting in our way. You never know what the family might think is special. I threw away a little red metal shelf because I had absolutely no use for it any longer and considered it a piece of junk. A while later, our daughter asked me about it and was quite horrified that I had pitched it. It's become a joke between us now.
Are you going to keep special things that will be passed on to your children and grandchildren? Or are you the type that gets rid of it if you're no longer using it?
P.S. Can you think of a use for those Stax containers?
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