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Have you ever seen one of these before? This is a vintage soap powder holder! Found on the counters of most 1930s and 40s kitchens, soap powder holders were decorative as well as useful. Dishes were washed by hand with soap flakes or powder so these items kept the soap close at hand in a pretty container. These handmade dispensers were probably the handiwork of kids in wood shop class or dads tinkering in their basement workshops.

Vintage containers like these can be very hard to find. This relic is made from wood and has a light green handle, knob and edging on a cream background. On both sides, you'll find a gentleman hand painted in shades of light blue, green, yellow, orangey-red, brown and black. His head is bowed and he is having a siesta while leaning on a cactus.

This small dispenser is in very good condition with lots of paint wear giving it a nice patina. It measures 6.75 inches high, 3 inches wide and 7 inches long from spout to handle.

Rare Wooden Soap Powder Dispenser, Hand Painted with a Mexican Motif


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: wood, paint
  • Ships worldwide from Connecticut, United States
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  • Favorited by: 21 people