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Posted 5 years ago


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Found this in a house after a relative died. Any idea of it's age or manufacturer? Has round wooden handles and metal brackets. Thank you in advance.

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  1. jonima jonima, 5 years ago
    It's a copper boiler. I have one just like it but with the lid. There are no markings on mine either. When I was a kid, my parents used one of these to put the ashes from our coal furnace in and we'd haul them outside to the ash pile.
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    The copper boiler goes hand in hand with the Saturday night bath in the wash tub.
    The bigger the family the colder & dirtier the water got.
  3. jonima jonima, 5 years ago
    LOL. I remember those Saturday nights. My parents were always worried about the well running dry. In all these years, it never has.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    That's funny jonima, makes you think about all the overuse & waste now.
    For years we hauled water & stored it in a cistern, our boys all bathed together in 2 " of water.
  5. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Copper is about 3.50 a pound
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Maybe they were referring to the economy!
  7. daveinNJ, 5 years ago
    Thanks all for letting me know what this is.
  8. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    would guess the age from mid 1800s to the 1920 -- before washing machines or there abouts -- used for almost everything -- from the saturday night bathes to horse tanks, dyeing cloth, making soap or rendering the lard out of the yearly pig kill -- usually they had a lid which i would guess at one time this one did also -- lovely piece
  9. Tinnlizzie62, 5 years ago
    Hi Everyone, I have one of these and the marking on the side is ATLANTIC 15 GAL I tried to see a date but nothing. Thank you epson233 for the info but could this be the same for mine?. I also have another one but looks much newer, the marking one the side is, REVERE WARE. Both have wooden handles and the Atlantic handles are very worn looking.
    Anyone have any idea how much they are worth?
  10. Tinnlizzie62, 5 years ago
    Are you not suppose to clean these? My Atlantic one looked like it was in a fire, so I've been scrubbing with copper cleaner all morning. Looks great except the inside and bottom outside. I'm using them, tipped upside down, in front of my windows for African Violets in class pie plates for water(humidity) on them.
  11. Just2Ducky, 2 years ago
    I just read an old obituary from 1915 about a woman that cooked some meat in her copper wash boiler and the entire family became ill, she the worst. The others recovered, but while she was still ill and weak, pneumonia set in and she did not survive. Just a note: unlined copper is toxic to cook in.

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