Archive for the ‘household’ Category

Googly doll door stop, c.1930

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

This unusual door stop is an example of an item I had to buy, despite not liking it very much. But how could I pass up a broken doll-in-a-can door stop?

When this fragile bisque doll lost its legs, it was submerged in cement and put in to a tin can, along with a metal wire handle covered in oil cloth.

Based on the popular Kewpie doll of the 1910’s and with a nod to Betty Boop, these inexpensive Japanese dolls with “googly” eyes were given out as carnival prizes. I applaud the ingenuity of the family member who rescued the sad little girl’s broken toy, and brought it back to life as a useful household item.

Here’s another example of a doll-in-a-can door stop, but this one is fully adorned

Photo courtesy of Louwers Antiques

Two glass beakers, c.1890

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Both of these blown glass laboratory beakers have etched calibrations as well as similarly repaired bases. These were most likely repaired by chemists in their own labs by filling a discarded tin lid with plaster and submerging the broken beaker. The left beaker is 4.5 inches tall, and the beaker on the right is 3.25 inches tall.

Not the most elegant repair job but an efficient way to quickly resolve a mishap, making the beakers usable again in about 30 minutes.

This pair remained unharmed and still have their original glass bases.

Photo courtesy of WorthPoint

Cast iron clothes iron, c.1900

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Every household in America had one. Many, such as this one, have a replaced handle. Some irons were just too heavy to support a lighter handle and many snapped off after years of constant use. Currently this iron is being used as a doorstop in my office and I almost forgot to include it in my blog. It is one of a select few “inventive repairs” that I am using in my home for a purpose other than what it was originally intended for.

Faint remains of the original handle are visible on either side of the replaced handle.

This lucky survivor still has its original handle.

Photo courtesy of WorthPoint