Early 20th Century Rustic & Primitive Handmade White Painted Pine Meat Safe

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A rustic, handmade meat safe or small kitchen cupboard or larder, in its original white paint, dating from the early 20th Century.

Meat safes were the common way to store perishable foods before fridges, kept outside or in cooler pantries which were attached to the kitchen. This is a rustic, handmade version, which is perfect for use today as a display cabinet in the home, which is in a chippy condition still in its original white paint.

Originally, it is likely that it would have had a wire gauze across the front window, in order to prevent animals being able to get access to the food. It is likely this has been replaced with chicken wire at some point in its history. Although this could also be original, as there are two wire rails also attached to the door, where a curtain would have originally hung.

This meat safe is in fair condition for its age, The original layers of paint are now peeling and flaking away in a number of areas, giving an authentic shabby chic look to the piece. The internal three shelves are roughly painted and have warped a little with age, although they can still be used for displaying items with no issues.

The door is kept in place by a metal hook at the bottom of the cabinet. The door doesn’t close flush, but an additional hook could be added to the top to ensure this if desired.

There is a hook at the top of the meat safe for attaching to a wall. However, it is a heavy piece. Three holes have been drilled into the back of the cabinet and I would recommend using these to fix it to a wall should this be desired.

In spite of its primitive build and rustic appearance, this cupboard oozes character and is perfect for achieving a modern rustic look in the home.

Height, 50.5cm; Width, 38.5cm; Depth, 21cm

UK delivery included. International delivery a maximum of £55.00 on this item due t its size and weight.




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