Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Can Anyone Tell Me What This Is?

My awesome mom is always giving me the neatest treasures.  Most of them she gets from my uncle who has some great old things.  Thankfully, they like to share with me because I am so grateful for them all.
I know there are some well informed people out there who know what this piece is.  I am not one of those people. 

Can you help me with a little information?

Any help you can provide will be much appreciated. 

And, if I could see you, I would give you a big hug or at least a pat on the shoulder.

Also, it has a white wash on it of some sort that comes off all over your hands and clothes.  What should I do about that?  Any suggestions?

Thanks...I'll look forward to hearing back from you.


CC said...

Hmmmmmm, at first I thought a wash tub, but that's way too simple. A starching tub? The kind "back in the day" that was used with a wringer washing machine? That's my guess. Way back then, my granny had a wringer washer..with 2 rinse tubs...and she also had a tub on a stand for her starch..

Sher Miller said...

You have a cool old washtub! The fact that it has a stand with it makes it extra special! ; )
They were used to bathe children in, wash clothes and (probably) dishes, too!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

It looks like a wash tub, but may have been recently used as a planter!

When I had a store~ I bought new items that looked like this, so if it isn't old it may be one of these. My customers planted in them and used them to store things in. I hope that helps. xo Joan@anythinggoeshere.

Katie said...

I don't know, but I love it! I'd use it as a planter. :)

Katie said...

Oh, and you may be able to spray the whole thing with a clear topcoat to keep chunks from coming off. I did that with some old rusty pieces in my garden, to stop the rust and preserve the finish.

Melissa Miller said...

Yes! Check out "Southern Living" at homes catalog online. I think it's a tub used to store beverages for an outdoor party. Try to picture it filled with ice and cold drinks stuck in the ice during the party. They are so cool and creative! I need one since we plan to host a party soon for my hubby's work. You found a treasure Amy!

theteo5 said...

Not sure what it is, but how cool would it be as a beverage holder at a summer picnic? Fill that bad boy with some ice and some beautiful glass bottles, and you are in business!

judi said...

hi amy,
it looks like someone painted the original galvanized surface which after all these years is now peeling. be careful with old painted surfaces as they could contain lead in the paint. i would remove paint with MultiStrip and then repaint if desired. (see my blog or email for more info. on paint removal)
i'd say it was used for laundry or baby.
it would be great for a number of uses...planter, towels in bathroom, to hold extra pillows in livingroom or bedroom, piled high with books or toys(if orig. paint is removed)in kids playroom, or filled with ice and bottled water on deck/patio.
i'd love to find one of these...so unique!
judi ;)

the wild raspberry said...

looks like a washtub...
i love it!

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

oh, LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

I think it looks like something that would hold glass coke bottles in an old store.


Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Not sure what it originally was but I have a new one that looks exactly like that only stainless steel. Ours is a beverage stand. Great find!

Kolein said...

I'll echo what's being said above. A wash tub maybe for ladies unmentionables - they used to be called that long ago.

My Grandma had a small tub like this and used it for just that - as well as handkerchiefs, doilies, etc.

Can't wait to see what you use it for.

Casual (dash) Cottage said...

well, I'm thinking wash tub... if the white is coming off, is it rubbing off? that would mean it was powder coated... not sure how to seal that to keep it from rubbing off. If it is peeling off...then clear coat it with sealer if you want to protect the chippy finish.
Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Heidi said...

What a fun piece! I love the idea a previous commenter said about putting towels in it, in a bathroom. Or beverages at an outside BBQ (without the paint, though) Good luck, and you'll have to post about how you use it!

Debbie said...

I love your whatchamacallit!

My niece recently got something like it for a wedding present. It is designed, as said above, for beverage serving. However, I have a hunch that the original inspiration for her item came from some wonderful old thing...like a washtub for specifics as suggested.

I am no help. But I'm a great cheerleader...

Yay for you! Great find!!

nostalgia*gal said...

Oh MY GOSH AMY it is Awesome!
It is an old wash tub with stand. Used for everything such as bathe the kids, as a laundry tub for hand washing and of course dishes and such. On the stand it was much easier to do the "what ever washing".

The old paint, I try and remove the paint with a putty knife and if that did not work there is a product called Orange something that removes paint safe. Be careful where and how you remove the paint as it could be the old Lead paint.

People nowadays use it for partys filled with ice, a planter and for display.

Love it and if you ever want to trade something I'm in.
Blessings! cindykay

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

An old baby bathtub thingy? It's SO kool!!

ps- Your song just startled me, but it's one that I love. :)