Can You Recognise These Six Typical Artefacts From the Past?

The items we consider normal or everyday have changed so much over the years. Some of these would have been ordinary 100 or even 50 years ago!

The tools we use have changed and we do fewer and fewer household jobs by hand. We used to do all the laundry in a wash tub, drill every hole with a hand-operated crank drill, and a million other small tasks by hand.

It’s one of the things we love about going to antique stores and flea markets: getting to see all those old tools and objects that we grew up with! If you’re like us then you pride yourself on knowing what things were used for back in the day. Test your knowledge of all things old and see if you can answer the question: What is it?

1) This brass box has a handle on the top and an adjustable vent on the front.

If you guessed that it’s a foot warmer then you are correct. The small size and handle suggest portability and this would have been used to warm the feet of riders in a carriage. Even early cars needed to have some kind of heat source since heaters weren’t common in automobiles until the 1930s. It wasn’t until 1933 that the first in-dash heater was built by the Ford Motor Company.

Are you ready for the next challenge?

2) This piece consists of fabric stretched and tacked down on a wooden frame with an ornate design.

If you guessed it was a fireplace screen you are right! We don’t see them used much anymore, but way-back-when these were quite the thing to protect women’s cheeks from the harsh heat of a beastly fire. If you thought that one was too easy, then try the next one!

3) Next up we have a very beat up, aqua blue metal container with a spout on one side.

Your mom may or may not have used one of these. It’s a powdered detergent dispenser from before all our boxes had spouts built in. This perhaps explains why it’s so danged beat up!

4) Ceramic and conical, this piece has a screw base similar to a light bulb and has many small metal coils around its outside.

If you guessed heating “bulb” you’ve got it! A cool (or should we say “hot”) vintage item, this heating element uses the metal coils to distribute heat once it’s screwed in.

5) This one is brass with a lidded compartment, a small brush, and a spout. Betcha can’t guess!

If you thought it was a Chinese tobacco pipe then you are spot on! The compartment is for storing the tobacco and it would often came with tweezers or tampers as well for easy loading. The bowl is behind the brush on this one.

6) These are stepped-down in size along the length of each object. They have metal caps on the ends as well, with a slot at the top of the larger end.

If you thought they were industrial textile spools then you are ahead of the pack! Used to hold the thread that textiles were made from, I’ve heard it said that the shape means that they can be changed out easily for other colors.

Related Posts

MACAULAY CULKIN TRAGIC NEWS!

Macaulay Culkin’s path from child star to troubled figure is marked by tragedy. Despite early fame, his family faced financial strain, living in cramped quarters. Culkin’s relationship…

Courtney Cox “takes your breath away” with the latest photos

Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964)is an American actress and filmmaker. She gained international recognition for her starring role as Monica Geller in the NBC sitcom…

This image from the ‘Pretty Woman’ blooper reel is completely not edited. Give it a closer look, and you’ll quickly grasp why

“Pretty Woman,” the beloved romantic comedy featuring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide since its debut in 1990. While the film…

Fast Food Giant Plans Closure of Numerous US Locations in Strategic Move – Discover the Motive Behind!

Burger King’s decision to close about 400 US outlets is a key part of its strategy for operational restructuring and rebranding. This reflects Burger King’s commitment to…

Kathy Bates health: Actress ‘went berserk’ after diagnosis of ‘incurable’ condition

Stories like this one show that Hollywood celebrities are just like us, experiencing pain and going through struggles. During her most recent interview on the Dr. Phil…

For thirty years, Clint Eastwood has been kept in the dark about a secret

For thirty years, Clint Eastwood has been kept in the dark about a secret Clint Eastwood has had practically every part of his life covered by the…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *