Thursday, August 2

My Bread Box

In honor of Bread Box the blogger, I am showing you my antique bread box. I was told when I bought it that it dates to around the turn of the last century, but there is no date on it anywhere that I can see. The top photo is of the top of the box. Click to enlarge and read the caption. The design work is quite nice too. I had to take it out on the deck to get good pics of it.


This is the front.



This is the side.


This is the inside of the open front. I love the "snow job" written by some early ad exec. Apparently, the coconut they refer to was soap.


I have never kept bread in it because it is quite rusty and I have never been able to clean it sufficiently. I was always afraid if I used too much elbow grease on it, I'd scrub off the print and pictures. It sits on the table beside my bed, and holds tissues, hand lotion, mints, bookmarks, pen and paper. It looks much neater in this than in the basket I used to keep it in!




21 comments:

BreadBox said...

Kenju,
That's a beautiful piece! And there's a similar piece going for about $400 on ebay, so enjoy the fact that it has monetary value as well as being a valued possession!
N.

Marty: said...

This is a work of art! I love everyday objects that were decorated to make them special art pieces in a home. Thanks for sharing!

PI said...

I'm glad you are using such an attractive piece. I have an old earthen-ware thing that I used to keep bread in but now it's usually the fridge. Incidentally I tried to enlarge it and then couldn't get back without starting again. I'll have jet lag-for the rest of the day :)
See you at Michele's.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is wonderful, Judy...I couldn't read most of the written words but it is an amazing piece, anyway...I LOVE how you are using it. Very inventive!

ET said...

I love it!

Grannymar said...

Thats an unusual piece.

I love to see these old items being used and enjoyed

Bob-kat said...

What a lovely piece of history you have there. I am gald you have found a practical use for it. I always think it's nice when these things are used :)

Paul said...

Excellent!! That's quite a treasure.
The best I can do is a little narrow Alka-Selzer jar.

I read Breadbox, too, and that reminds me: I need to get her into my blogroll.

tracey said...

What a cool old bread box! And how funny to find them marketing soap on the inside, eh?

mar said...

What a wonderful piece to have!!

Paul @ Elders Tribune said...

those are some amazing art work. and for a bread box? I can't imagine anything like it these days

OldHorsetailSnake said...

That is absolutely beautiful, Judy. You have some of the best treasures....

Babette said...

I love your bread box, Judy. The front looks just like home to me. I want to be a first class family, too! ;~)

Dara said...

I love using things in a way they were not intended - and I'll be you enjoy it a lot more this way too! Michele says hi.

Nancy said...

Judy,

Your breadbox reminded me of a subject that came up at a family gathering the other day.

You know how every Christmas there is one new item that is all the rage and everyone wants to give one and also get one. Remember the salad shooter, the pizza cooker, the cookie gun with nine different heads? The Bread making machine?
That's the one that started the conversation.
Does anyone still bake bread in their bread maker? No one in our group did, although all had one.
The general consensus was that the baker made the house smell great but the bread was AWFUL!!!!! Most of the family who said this are good bakers and cooks and are not looking for excuses.

Anyone else feel this way ??

BreadBox said...

Judy, to follow up on Nancy's question below: when I teach breadmaking classes, which is only very occasionally I admit, I am often asked about breadmakers: I tell the students that the machines will do a fine job of mixing and kneading dough, and to feel free to use them for that --- but if they have any sense they will actually shape the bread by hand, and bake it in the oven: much more satisfying flavour and texture!

N.

Anna said...

Pretty. I love stuff like that! :)

kenju said...

Nancy, I never bought a breadmaker back when they were all the rage. My daughter had one, and I agree with you that they made everything smell great, but the bread was often tough.

sage said...

lovely breadboxes--it's more like art than a box!

Claude said...

A wonderful looking breadbox!

Angie said...

I love this box!