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This listing is for a very odd trinket box built in the mid-1920's. The materials used are copper, tin, and porcelain.

As the story goes, my best friend's grandmother's father had a job in plumbing supply manufacturing during the Great Depression. He wanted to give his wife a gift for her birthday, but he had no money to spare. He knew she wanted a box to sort out her spools of thread. After working his long and hot shifts, for several weeks, he used some discarded materials from his workplace, and created this six drawer box. He presented it to his wife, and she was apparently thrilled.

The box itself is made with tin and copper -which has a bit of patina. It looks as if the tin was painted at one point. Two of the drawers have been broken over the years, but have been repaired so that they are totally functional (I have pictured the repaired drawers). One of the drawers has cracks on the out-facing facade, but no apparent damage inside. The entire unit measures 8.75" high, 5.5" wide, and 4" deep.

I'm selling this item for my friend's grandmother, who is trying to "get down to the essentials," as she will soon be moving into an assisted living facility. No one in the family wanted this box, which totally baffled me. I think it has such an amazing story!

Anyway, she told me to price it as "I saw fit," but I honestly don't know how to price it. This piece would look great as is, or by replacing the drawer pulls with steampunk hardware.

I'm hoping wherever it finds its home, it is treasured for its history. I can promise you, if it doesn't sell, it will find a safe and loving home with me!

***It is difficult to estimate shipping costs for this piece. If postage amount differs significantly from my S&H rate, I will refund your paypal for the difference.***

Reserved for Rita: The Strangest Trinket Box Ever


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: porcelain, copper, tin
  • Only ships within United States.
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