Not only do I have an affinity for junking, I also have one for vintage brass. You know the older brass that is heavier than the newer stuff out these days. It also has a deeper color to it. I have found that newer brass seems to have that orange color. And while orange is a great fall color, I prefer it not be the color of my brass.
I also have a love of vintage brass cricket boxes, which from what I have been told, were used to hold crickets caught in the house, then put in the boxes to bring good luck. These cricket boxes come in all shapes and sizes. The older ones seem to be weightier, and the boxes hold up to the constant opening and closing by my granddaughters tiny hands. I did find an old Chinese painted porcelain one last month but it will sit high on the shelf away from tiny hands.
I was out junking the other day and came across this wonderful coal shuttle. At least that is what I am calling it. It’s very heavy and substantial. I paid $3 for it….a deal in my book.
I like the patina of aged brass, but I felt this coal shuttle would make more of a statement cleaned up a tad. I used to use Brasso for all my brass cleaning, but I tried using Bar Keepers Friend after reading something about it and fell head over heels for it :-). It works like a charm for all my brass cleaning.
And there you have it…..It doesn’t look anything like a new coal shuttle, it’s still pretty beat up, but I think the shine makes the piece stand out more than it did before.
What do you think? Polished, or not? I would love your opinion, and any cleaning techniques you might have.
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