Posted 6 years ago
Hi, I recently came across this and was wondering if anyone could tell me about it. I thought it was a fish tank but I guess it could be a terrarium. It has a slate bottom with a quarter size round hole. It is really heavy, maybe cast iron. It is about 30" long, 15" wide, and 14 " tall.. It is from a house built in the late 1800's that was used for Mill workers to live in ( house is in Fall River, Mass. two streets away from King Philip Mills) The house later became a baby clinic about 1902 and then in the 1920's became a preschool. House is still a preschool and we sold many items to raise money for the school that were from the attic where this was ( we had jadite and block sets over 100 years old, etc..) I purchased this from them and was wondering about the age, if it is a fish tank, etc.. I have looked online seen similar ones but not usually in a gold color like this one. I really like the architectural lines to it, my son who just turned 7 is a little collector and he loves it too! It is not something you come across every day. The glass panels are a little loose so I have to figure out how to fix those while trying to keep it as original as possible. It is still in the school attic, I have to plan how to carry it down a few flights of stairs and get it home in one piece!!! My dad actually went to the preschool in the 30's , my siblings and I went in the 70,s my nephews in the 90's and my son a few years ago. ( King Philip Preschool) Neat old building, lots of little rooms, probably a family in each room when the mills rented them out. Curious how old this is..