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Attic Antiques


THERE ARE NUMEROUS OLD ITEMS which have not yet attained the age of "antique" yet which are very old, not being made any more, and often obsolete. Just as old automobiles are called antique cars despite their relatively young age, so, too, are these many old things referred to as antiques.

Under this encompassing category comes much old furniture which has been relegated to the attic. Dusty, cobwebby relics of the past, they bring nostalgic memories of our grandparents.


Dough trays, or dough boxes, are usually of pine. They were apparently made both with the addition of legs and just as a plain box-like article. Often the addition of legs was a later development, sometimes attractive, and sometimes otherwise. The main requirements for the skirt and legs is that they be in good proportion and nicely splayed (placed on an angle with the feet spread further out than where they join the furniture.)

These covered wooden boxes were used to hold dough during the rising period, just as today you place your yeast dough in a closed cupboard with a bowl of hot water to provide the right environment for proper rising. The removable top of the dough tray was a handy place to knead and roll out the dough into loaves and rolls.

Today dough trays with legs are used as lamp tables or end tables. The interior provides a storage place for odds and ends.


Made as late as the 1890's, these are usually of pine, the sink part sometimes found lined with tin. Both large and small examples were made and serve useful purposes today: in the kitchen, dining room or in the foyer.

The tin-lined sink can be filled with potted plants surrounded by sphagnum moss, or they can be used as a gardening center.

Dry sinks are more at home in a casual atmosphere and look out of place amid fine inlay and carving of the more formal house.


Plank seat chairs, arrow back chairs, captain's chairs are all to be found in plentiful quantity. Not particularly desirable in themselves, when in sturdy condition they can be refinished either in natural color or painted and make useful additions to any household.


Best when used for game rooms, patios or gardens. Without added legs they can be used in children's rooms, but legs will be necessary to bring them up to comfortable seating height for adults.


A lowly form of furniture, these hardly belong in the house unless the owner has a sense of humor and wishes to pep up a basement bar.

Again for the patio or garden, it will make a convenient coffee table. With so much antique furniture to choose from, it is unnecessary to employ such crudities as cobblers' benches for furniture.

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