When I first started purchasing vintage items about 20+ years ago, I always purchased vintage items that still looked pretty new. I was really wrapped up in the item's resale value, and Kovels and other antique price guides were always based on condition. Now I am not as concerned about the resale value as much as the charm that a well used item possesses. Like this little tea kettle with it's dings and chippy black handle. This little rummage sale tea kettle will work perfectly in my less than perfect farmhouse kitchen. $2.
I also purchased this Lane (cedar chest company) trinket box.
These boxes were still made until very recently, but most likely not in the USA. This box has the Lane Altavista, Virginia imprint. $2.
Then there was a clear baggie with three items for $4. This solid brass burgundy velvet lined trinket box was one of the items.
This is the engraved top.
The bottom is signed by the artist Lowell Sigmund. I found other brass items by Sigmund on Ebay. Similar boxes went for $25.00. This box may hold my paperclips on my desk in place of the water meter cover I found a couple months ago at a rummage sale.
This was baggie item number two. A brass roll of stamps holder. I will probably sell this item in my shop.
And here is baggie item number three. A ________________. What is it? I'm not sure.
Here is the bottom.
It comes apart. My husband thought it was some kind of sander. It is similar to a sander design but it sure seems pretty fancy to do messy wood sanding. What is this?