Posted 6 years ago
I finished restoring this one about 3 years ago. I remember when I got this one, it had at least 4 coats of black and white paint on it and one was even an antique orange color. Anyway, I was barely able to get all of the paint removed. That was a difficult job to do!! Once upon a time, someone had replaced the original handles with cast iron handles (both were different styles and sizes from one another). The markings from the original handles were still there. So, I put the correct handles back on it.
I finished the exterior, built a tray for it and relined the interior. This one now belongs to a local gentleman that is taking very good care of it. I just saw it 3 weeks ago for the first time since it left my shop over 2 years ago.
I'm thinking this one is Pre-Civil War era, but don't quote me on that. I'm still not sure about the age or origination. One thing that stood out to me was the heavy cast iron lock hasp. It's the only one I have ever seen. Anyone out there have any info on this one?