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Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Show and Tell - Brass Coal Scuttle

Show and Tell

One of our weekend activities was a visit to the Lancaster Marketplace, a large indoor and outdoor flea market in Lancaster, Massachusetts. As we were each ambling along the aisles on Sunday afternoon, my niece spotted something that interested her. It was a brass coal scuttle.*

My youngest sister immediately saw it as a possible container for the dried hydrangeas she had bought for my mother. The piece was marked $18.00. However, as we discussed the patina and how much cleaning it might need to look presentable, the booth owner dropped the price to $12.00. So my sister bought it and we brought it back to Oak Rise Cottage.



I don’t think this piece is old at all. It seems to be a decorative piece of recent vintage.

It is of brass and really needs a good cleaning. Note the blue and white ceramic handle.



The sides have brass fittings below the handle. The feet are also shaped brass.

The hydrangeas are very brittle, so I have to plan the arrangement before working with the fragile stems.

Here it is temporarily sited in front of the fireplace till when I can work on it.

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* "A coal scuttle, sometimes spelled coalscuttle and also called a hod, is a bucket-like container for holding a small, intermediate supply of coal convenient to an indoor coal-fired stove or heater. It is usually made of metal and shaped like a vertical cylinder or truncated cone, with the open top slanted for pouring coal on a fire. It may have one or two handles. Homes that don't use coal sometimes use a coal scuttle decoratively.
The word scuttle comes, via Middle English and Old English, from the Latin word Scutlla, meaning a shallow pan."
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16 comments:

Grandma Faith said...

The brass coal shuttle is very pretty. I like brass things, and have quite a few, but I don't have a brass coal shuttle. I like that you are putting the dried flowers in it. take care

Kathy said...

Whata unique brass piece to use for your hydrangias!
Kathy

Chez Nous said...

What a great find and a bargain too! It looks lovely on your fireplace.

Hootin' Anni said...

I was going to say the first glance of your brass item...it's a coal shuttle!!

What a clever, clever idea to make it for holding flowers!!! It looks so perfect on the hearth.

My Show n Tell this week is entitled 'BEE CAREFUL'....stop by if you can find time. And, have a glorious weekend.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Love how you used it for hydrangeas! Very pretty and clever!

Manuela

LBP said...

What a pretty way to showcase your hydrangias. My mother in law has one very similar she keeps her magazines in.

Blessings

Linda

Debra said...

That really is beautiful and I love hydrangeas!

Blessings to you today!

Brown-Eyes said...

I think the hydrangeas are going to love their new home...I know I do! ;-) Bo

Simply Heart And Home said...

Your brass piece is lovely. I like how you added they hydrangeas. That is wonderful that the booth owner reduced the price for you!

Gina

Schotzy said...

Carrie, what a find! I live the detailing on the scuttle and the hydrangeas are always a fav of mine! I know you will enjoy them!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

That is a beautiful brass coal scuttle! I like the blue and white handle. The flowers will be pretty in it.

Katherine

Lisa Ann said...

Great find and it looks great with the flowers in it.

Kelli said...

What a wonderful find, Carrie! I love where you displayed it and the flowers are perfect for it!
~Kelli

ivoryspring said...

Hi carrie,

I love what you had done with the scuttle - it's perfect for those flowers!

Rhondi said...

Hi Carrie
Just stopping by to say hello. Your coal scuttle brings back memories because I used to have one too.
Hugs, Rhondi

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great piece!