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Coal Buckets

gibbo

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Thats what i was told it was. I went to a garage sale a couple of years ago and picked up this bucket for $2:rolleyes: It was totally black and to everyones amusement i bought it and took it home with me :biggrin: I have been told by one person it is a knock off of the original thing and another told me it is the real deal. I was offered $30 for it but not cause of what it is but cause that is what the copper was worth:eek::2fun::2fun: but im not selling it simply cause i like it :biggrin:

Anyway after i cleaned it up this is what i had
 
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We had a copper coalbucket when I was young. My job was to fill it each day after school. It was then placed on the hearth next to the fire, and coal taken out throughout the evening to keep the fire going. It saved having to go outside to the 'coal house' on a cold dark winters night ' The coal house in our case was a bunker in the back yard, my first attempt at bricklaying. Not bad even if I say so myself.
You got a bargain there Gibbo. You must have used a fair bit of 'Brasso' Not alot of demand these days, and people don't like cleaning them.
One of my pride and joys from that erea is a brass and copper bed warmer with a 4 foot handle. You put hot ashes into the pan, closed the lid and then pushed it around the bed to warm it up. Brilliant idea, but could be a bit dangerous I would think.
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Hi Dave,

Yes lots of brasso :biggrin: tho i did find out later that its better not to clean them as it can damage the item but i didnt know that at the time. I just wanted to see the picture properly:rolleyes:

I have heard of the bed warmers tho never seen one.
 

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I guess it's no good as an ice bucket. :2fun:

Nice looking bucket though. ;)

I like my bucket :biggrin: Suppose i should keep a eye on the price of copper from time to time. Could be worth about $35 now :2fun::2fun: Oh or have the prices gone down? :confused: Gee it might only be worth about $20 :eek::2fun::2fun:
 
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Hi Gibbo......luvverley looking bucket.:kissu:

But just one observation.......it's Brass not Copper.:rolleyes:

Don't polish it at all, that detracts any future value. Keeping it dry won't be a problem I think, but damp corrosion would be a problem. Don't put plants in it that need watering.

Also Brass is far more brittle than Copper, so don't go chucking it about.:2fun::2fun:

Also, do not be tempted to 'clear varnish' it to keep the shine. Another no no.;)

Good find.:2fun:


Steve.:)
 

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Hi Gibbo......luvverley looking bucket.:kissu:

But just one observation.......it's Brass not Copper.:rolleyes:

Don't polish it at all, that detracts any future value. Keeping it dry won't be a problem I think, but damp corrosion would be a problem. Don't put plants in it that need watering.

Also Brass is far more brittle than Copper, so don't go chucking it about.:2fun::2fun:

Also, do not be tempted to 'clear varnish' it to keep the shine. Another no no.;)

Good find.:2fun:


Steve.:)

They told me it was copper and the handle was brass, or something like that:confused:
I havent done anything with it since i found out that i shouldnt have even cleaned it.
Alright for $2 anyway :biggrin: You didnt call it junk like i thought you would off neither :2fun::2fun::2fun:
 

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They told me it was copper and the handle was brass, or something like that:confused:
I havent done anything with it since i found out that i shouldnt have even cleaned it.
Alright for $2 anyway :biggrin: You didnt call it junk like i thought you would off neither :2fun::2fun::2fun:
The rivets that hold it together look Copper though.:2fun::2fun:

Have a look at the underside, on the rim....in other words, turn it upside down and see if you can see Copper where it has been worn away while being used.

If you can see Copper, it has been 'electroplated', which defies all reason, but then it would be a repro' I would think.
Does it have a Iron or steel liner to it, and can it be removed easily.

More technical questions.:rolleyes::2fun:
 

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The rivets that hold it together look Copper though.:2fun::2fun:

Have a look at the underside, on the rim....in other words, turn it upside down and see if you can see Copper where it has been worn away while being used.

If you can see Copper, it has been 'electroplated', which defies all reason, but then it would be a repro' I would think.
Does it have a Iron or steel liner to it, and can it be removed easily.

More technical questions.:rolleyes::2fun:


The rim underneath it looks pretty much the same as the sides of it. There is no liner in it but looks like it may have had before. They ripped me off:eek:
 

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Although you can't clear varnish it. I believe that there is a special solution that prevents it tarnishing. Maybe someday you will find a liner for it. Have you tried looking up antique sites to see if it is genuine or a copy?
 

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Although you can't clear varnish it. I believe that there is a special solution that prevents it tarnishing. Maybe someday you will find a liner for it. Have you tried looking up antique sites to see if it is genuine or a copy?
Hi DW,
I didnt have a real good look but there was one on ebay a while back that looked exactly like mine but it didnt say if they were genuine or not. I might have a dig around tomorrow and see if i can find more out.
Might see if i can find a liner for it as well. Probably cost me more than i paid for the bucket :2fun::2fun::2fun:
 

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