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Posted 6 years ago


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This is my husbands he was give this by his mothers who thought it was a spittoon but we were told by some people they thought it was a old wood stove humidifier. His grandfather bought out in rural Indiana about 50 years ago

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  1. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
    Looks like it sat on the top of the wood stove and you put water in it, but then I could see it sitting on the floor in a bar as a spittoon.
  2. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
    looks more like a small brazier to me
  3. rerezze rerezze, 6 years ago
    Officialfuel Thats the problem we have also we can see it being both
    TallCakes I wasn't sure what a brazier was but I looked it up Thanks for the input.

  4. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    I would tend to go with the spitoon. If you put water in it, by it's design the water would steam up the bottom of the top and condense down back on the stove making a real mess. I also think it probably had a graniteware liner originaly, to make it easier to clean, and to keep the iron from rusting.
  5. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
    I can also see it being a humidifier; sits on old wood stove with water in it. Is it all cast iron; looks to be about 14" diameter. Could also be used to receive cigarette butts; just fill bottom with sand. Whatever it is, I like it.
  6. oldrelichunter, 6 years ago
    This is most definitely a spittoon and NOT a humidifier! I have been collecting spittoons & cuspidors for some forty years, have amassed a collection exceeding 350 pieces in all formats of glass, china, porcelain, some dating back to the 16th & 17th century & also some metal figural types & 'hidden spittoon' footstools. I have this EXACT same spittoon which is a two piece job and made of aluminum. It dates from the 1st quarter of the 20th century. Hope this clears up the "mystery".

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