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Antique French Butcher's String Dispenser

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Antique French Butchers String Dispenser


This is one of those 'what in the world is it?' things that we run across in the flea markets and brocantes of France. And no, its not a metal bra for a ancient warrior woman...

This is, in fact, a butcher's string holder/dispenser...

I have been hoping to find one of these wonderful old string holders for years! They are rare...but this weekend we found one at 'brocante' near our home. I really, really want to keep this for myself but as well I do believe we have a 'duty' to the shop and our customers to place it here...but still...

In any case we find this one, which is exceptionally large, to be a great example of this rare French utilitarian object. Basically it is a hinged 'cage' with a clasp and a loop for hanging. At the bottom is a hole from which the string is pulled and then cut...really a clever contraption...and long ago every butcher shop had one. Now they truly are exceedingly difficult to find.

We find this item to be rather 'Steampunk' and can imagine it being incorporated into all sorts of clever assemblages...or it could be used as it was intended...perhaps for your kitchen string.

This is truly one of those strange and wonderful things that we turn up on our 'hunting trips.'

Someone out there will know just what to do with it!

Its made of heavy cast metal and is in fine working order. It measures 8 inches long with the loop a the top and 5 inches in diameter..

Our Etsy #0493

Price: $127.50


Shipping from France for this item will be $27.50 to anywhere in the world including insurance and a tracking number.
Your parcel will be professionally packed. Shipment will be by French Colissimo .

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Antique French Butcher's String Dispenser


  • Vintage item from the 1700s
  • Material: metal
  • Ships worldwide from France
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