Vintage Brass Transformation

 

 

 

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.

 Lucky Boxes

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.

 

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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.

 

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Interior view

 

 

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A Little Elbow Grease Goes A Long Way

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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What do you think? Polished, or not? I would love your opinion, and any cleaning techniques you might have.

Warm Regards

Leigh

 

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Pam | 26th Oct 16

    I love the polished version. Some things I prefer more raw, but that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty.

    • Leigh | 26th Oct 16

      Thanks Pam…I like the polished version too. I like to keep the brass animals that I have that worn brass look, but for the shuttle, trays and other things I like it polished. Thanks so much for dropping by.

  2. Jann Olson | 22nd Oct 16

    Leigh, I loved learning about the cricket boxes. That shuttle is amazing! Funny thing that I love it both polished and unpolished. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I’m not seeing a link back to the party.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • Leigh | 23rd Oct 16

      Jann… Thanks so much for visiting. Comments make my day as I am sure you understand completely 🙂 I sent you an email. Again, thanks so much. Warm Regards Leigh

  3. Sylvia D. | 22nd Oct 16

    Leigh, I love it cleaned because it has a bit of sparkle now. The cricket boxes is a very interesting concept. Crickets do sing very nicely. Sylvia D.

    • Leigh | 23rd Oct 16

      Thank you Sylvia…I like the sparkle too. I had a field day cleaning brass the other day. Everything is nice and shiny 🙂 As for the cricket boxes, I think I had rather listen to them outdoors instead of indoors ! Thanks so much for visiting. Comments make my day. Warm Regards Leigh

  4. Crystal Redden | 18th Oct 16

    I’ve never seen cricket boxes. So cool! Barkeeper’s Friend is some good stuff. I use it for my sinks.

    • Leigh | 18th Oct 16

      I love them and love the history of them. I prefer not to keep real crickets in them though lol

  5. Cynthia | 16th Oct 16

    I love it all cleaned up. Bar Keeper’s Friend is a great choice in cleaning products.

    • Leigh | 16th Oct 16

      I like it cleaned up too. And thanks for visiting Cynthia!

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