Vintage Wood Crumb Pan Box Key Cabinet - Handpainted Floral Wood Box Made in Japan
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform one million realities. Maya Angelou
This beautiful vintage wood box tells two stories from the past - one very practical and one very creative. Originally, it started out in life in the 1930's in service to the table and the cleaner-upper, as a crumb pan for untidy tabletops. Not exactly the prettiest of jobs to have, the box itself, ironically, was a beauty and delighted its original owner as both a functional cleaning tool and also a gorgeous work of handpainted art. Most vintage crumb pan boxes are made of metal, so this one is a rare find among the cleaners.
At some point in its long life, most likely the decade when crumb pans were no longer the valuable necessities they used to be, it was transformed from a crumb box into a key cabinet. A set of four small hooks were added to the interior and a hole was drilled in the back so that it could hang on the wall and hold onto all the keys of the house in tidy fashion.
This is a great example of how older vintage and antique items can be repurposed into new uses with very little effort and still retain a plethora of charm and one-of-a-kind character.
- Hinged lid for easy access
- Handpainted floral design
- Stamped on back with the Made in Japan mark
- Fabulous time-weathered patina
- Colors include pumpkin, sage green, gold, butter yellow, mint green and avocado green
This box contains loads of timeworn patina and shabby chic character. In fully functional condition, the hinged lid opens and closes easily. There are chippy spots on the front near the lid crease and a cracked seam in the interior. Please see photos. The box is very strong and is in no danger of falling apart or breaking down.
Measures 9.25" inches (length) x 6.25" inches (width) x 3.25" inches (depth)
An ideal spot to hang your house keys, especially if you live in a small space that doesn't offer room for an entry table near the front door or you want to keep clutter off your kitchen counters, this is the box that will help you come and go from your home ease. Say goodbye to all those panicky searches for misplaced keys and hello to your pretty, stress-free space.