Vintage Junk Treasures #38

Welcome to Deanie’s Stash, this is the place I like to share vintage finds and give you more information about those finds. If you are new, thank you for stopping by. If you are a frequent visitor, thank you for reading this. We have a few vintage junk treasures to share today. Now I want to explain that to some people the items that I share are purely junk, to some they are vintage or old stuff and to some they are treasures of the past. So I like to call them vintage junk treasures. I fall in to the last category, to me they are vintage treasures. I love things that remind me of the past.

I love this antique lunchpail. It has a built-in cup, the top is a reservoir for liquid and the bottom for your sandwiches and more. In the early 1800s, workers started using tinplate boxes and recycled biscuit tins for carrying their lunches. By the 1850s there began production of fitted metal pails and boxes and many patents started to appear for lunchbox inventions in the 1860s. Workers in quarries, coal mines and more needed more protection for their lunches. Who wants a smashed sandwich at lunch! So the above lunch bucket or pail was in use by the laborers around 1860s to 1900. Kids by the 1880s were wanting similar ones so fashioned them out of anything they could find such as cookie tins and tobacco tins. The first commercially made children’s lunchpail were made in 1902. These formally utilitarian items are not vintage junk to me but vintage junk treasures! You can display them and store items in them.


The old slate and primer make a great vignette with the lunchpail. The Elson Readers Primer is dated 1927. School kids used slate boards in the 1800s into the 1900s.  Writing was not done with chalk but they used a small pencil made of slate, soapstone, or clay. The slate could be wiped clean with a soft cloth. Though slates are not used any more, we still use sayings that reference slates. For example:  the word “slate” is still used in phrases such as “clean slate,” “wipe the slate clean,” “slated for today,” “put it on the slate” and more. This slate has the name of the owner and the date 1913. This slate is one I display in my sewing room/office.

A vintage Redman picnic basket with its wood bottom and top. An Abingdon cornucopia vase. A vintage jar with buttons and a pillow made out of 1940s era barkcloth. Abingdon Sanitary Manufacturing Company started in 1908 and were known for their plumbing fixtures. To stay in business during the depression they started making art pottery in 1934 and halted its production in 1950. The reason they stopped making art pottery was the great demand for plumbing fixtures and they are still in business today as part of Briggs Industries, Inc. The picnic basket and jar are great items for display and for storage. I like to use vintage junk treasures like these for storage in the different rooms of my home. P.S. It is one way to justify buying vintage items, they are storage.


The lid from the button jar has rust on it. You can leave it as is and spray a clear coat on it so it doesn’t rub off or rust more. Or you can clean it. I usually lightly rub lids  with some steel wool and clear coat it.

An old J.V. Reed metal dustpan, a cookie tin from England, aluminum measuring cup, an antique carpenter’s scribe and an Aurelia Biltmore dovetailed wood tobacco box. The aluminum measuring cups are great for scoops when feeding pets, etc.

Sometimes you are looking on the internet and it seems like upcycling is new. No, it has been around as long as people. There have always been ones who made their old “junk” into something new. This book is titled “Creating From Scrap” and is by Lillian and Godfrey Frankel and published in 1962. It has some fun crafts and some that you now see on Pinterest such as making vinyl record bowls, decoupaging, string wrapped items, etc. My grandma was a great recycler, upcycler or whatever term you want to use. I cherished the bookshelves she made from old wood radio cabinets.

I do love vintage books! A 1927 Elson Readers Primer and a 1994 Black Beauty.  Baseball for Everyone by Joe DiMaggio. Hooray for Lassie!, 1964.

1970 Trixie Belden and the Mystery Off Glen RoadMystery at Redtop Hill, 1965, (a tween-age book) and Janet Lennon Adventures at Two RIvers, 1961. I love these books from the 1960s probably because I was reading them then!

Before I go, I would like to thank Sharon for featuring my Vintage Junk Treasures #27 over at Snickedoodle Link Party #214 and Jann at Share Your Cup # 279 for featuring Vintage Junk Treasures #27 . It is always an honor to be featured at a link party. Thank you!

That is it for today’s vintage junk treasures. I hope that you learned a little, laughed, reminisced, or were totally entertained. Please stop by again to see what vintage items we turn up next.


Wishing you many blessings in your life in 2018.



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