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July 24, 2012


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It is a copper wash boiler. At any rate, one just like it was used to boil water on an open fire in the yard to use for laundry by my family. It wasn't easy doing laundry back in "the good old days!" I have enjoyed having mine for many years, and it has served as firewood storage, magazine storage, a planter, etc. etc. Enjoy yours - I love the red handle. Sally


I thought maybe it was for washing (clothes or kids!). So beautiful. What will you do with it?


Sally got it! It is a copper wash boiler and an absolute treasure!

Thanks for coming by the Back Porch. We are hoping all goes well and we get to move closer to our kiddo's soon.:-)


Beautiful patina! I found your link on Savvy Southern Style.

Have a great week!


Brenda Kula-Pruitt

Well, you knew someone would have an answer. It is beautiful. And so many possibilities for it. To think it was just setting there...


You lucky girl. That's a great piece. :)


I have one. It is great to use to keep drinks cold at a party. It will hold tons of ice along with the beer and sodas.


I seen one at the Canton Flea Market last month and would have loved to have bought it though it was a bit too pricey. You're very lucky to have one.

sweet violets

This is a boiler, used to boil water and wash clothes.....I have my mom's and have it filled with magazines right now....it is a real treasure!!!


Yup, it's a boiler for washing laundry. I have a galvanized one that first got painted black and then white. I've seen jillions of them over the years but the rare ones have lids (like yours and mine) :-) Got something special planned for it?

Daniela @frugal ain't cheap

I like the look and how big it is!!!

Bella Michelle

Well, what ever it is, it is delightful!!! I love finding gems like that!


Wow, I love this!! I am hosting Giveaway where you could win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. I would love to see you at My Dream Canvas.


It's a boiler.. I bought one and store firewood in it by the fireplace.


I don't know what you would call it, but I want it! It's beautiful.

The Tablescaper

Love your new treasure!I'm not sure what to call it either, but I have seen them before. I think I'd fill it with magazines and set it next to a comfy sofa with the lid partly on.

- The Tablescaper


What a great score, with the bonus of family history and being free. Can't wait to see how you use it!


I am sooo glad to know what your copper pot's original purpose was for, as I have one as well, but I don't have the beautiful lid. Mine is used for display in my studio for my pillows I make. It was a magazine holder before that.


I have a wonderful copper wash boiler sitting on my porch filled with pillows to grab when we sit in the garden. But, it has held magazines, wood, dolls, and other items over the years. Got it for $2 at a yard sale ages ago. Enjoy yours.


Here in Virginia they were used to cook hams. So we call them Ham Cookers. You can look this wording up and see quite a few. I won an old enamelware one at auction few years ago, use it as my bread box.

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