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Soap case, vintage COPPER & tin rustic Middle Eastern, Turkish bath house box. Soap dish. Oriental metal crafts, Jewelry rings holder

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Unusual little vintage case from tinned copper featuring cute bumps, handle, hinge, latch and perforated bottom. Tiny mysterious object looks like a miniature lunch box but it is actually a soap dish to be used at a traditional Turkish bath house.

Metal cases with handles like this one were to hold the soap (with holes in the bottom for the water to drain), a coarse mitt, and webbing of the date-palm or other fibers for lathering.

This copper box measures 5'' wide (13 cm), stands 4'' tall including the cover (10 cm) and 2.8'' deep (7 cm).

Metal is thin (not thick, solid copper). Box weighs only 7 oz (210 gr).

Hamam visits are said to be as much about socialization as they were about personal hygiene. Since this case is much smaller than a regular sized soap box, I imagine it was either purely decorative or made for kids or younger women, to let them be busy with their own soap dish and leave the mothers alone :)

This rustic copper piece has distressed tin coating that has worn off to reveal earthy brown color that blends nicely with the metallic grey. I think there is a layer of clear coating as well.

Minor dents and bumps have blended with the ornamentation. Metal shows tarnish and patina with many scuffs. Hinge secures the lid with a rivet and is functional. The latch is a little bent but performs its duty well. Box needs cleaning and would benefit from polishing.

This piece would be a unique addition to a bathroom cabinet. It can also be used as a candle votive cup holder, jewelry or trinket box. Cute conversation piece!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can gladly upload or send you photos from different angles if you like.

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Shop has sections for bowls, pots, pitchers, wall hanging plates, serving trays, etched folk art, curios, soap dishes, chests, architectural salvage, restoration hardware, jewelry and dollhouse miniatures.

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Soap case, vintage COPPER & tin rustic Middle Eastern, Turkish bath house box. Soap dish. Oriental metal crafts, Jewelry rings holder

Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: copper, metal, tin
  • Feedback: 394 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Turkey
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