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The edges are folded back and I've filed the sharp edges off but this is not a toy.
Pie safes were used in the days before refrigeration to keep flying and crawling pests out of the pies and baked goods. The cabinets were usually small and the doors and side panels, where other cabinets had glass, had screen or punched metal panels to allow for air flow. Ventilation was needed to keep the goods from getting moldy. Most of the time the tin or copper panels were punched in a pattern for aesthetics. Individual cabinet makers had their own patterns so there are many and varied designs on these lovely old pieces of furniture.
I had been making punched tin or punched metal for wall hangings and pie safes for years when I decided that miniatures make wonderful little wall or cabinet or window hangings and tree ornaments for Christmas. They add a bit of nostalgia, I think. Bring back a little of Christmases long ago when the tree might have sat next to, or even on top of, a pie safe with tin panels very similar to the ornaments I make.
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My shop, with artisan made jewelry, hand engraved glass, and hand punched metal pieces is here:
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