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I had posted in Whadja find  http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/whadjafind/forum/topics/old-la...    and was ask to post here so here it goes.

 

I've had it for years and thought it might have been used to ship something in but I'm just not sure. It has writing on it but I don't know quite what it says. The measurements are 29 1/2 inches wide,, 21 inches deep and 21 inches tall. The handles were probably hemp or burlap but were pretty worn off when I got it. I thought it may have said Henley Bread, but I'm not sure.

 

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Thank you for posting this old wood box on the "All Things Primitive" group.  This is quite interesting and looks like it could be used for a variety of purposes.....and something any primitive lover could really go for in a big way.  It would make a great old trunk/coffee table in a primitive setting.  I like it a lot!!!! 

I live in an area that grows onions. The warehouses use reinforced shipping containers like yours to ship onions (or other produce) on flatbed trucks or railroad box cars. The latch on yours is definitely old, maybe from the 1920s-40s.
Nice crate.

I grew up in an area where 3 major railroads had freight stations and yards. I saw many boxes like this being loaded & unloaded carrying everything from produce to textiles, from ice to wire. I'm sure they were also used in the trucking industry as well.

This box may say something about bread but I doubt that bread was shipped in these. Bread is generally made in local bakeries. Even national brands use local independent bakers to produce bread and distribute it to stores locally. Even the Army finds it better to ship ingredients to the soldiers where their cooks can bake the bread... except in extreme cases, of course.

With all that said... yeah, I think you have an old shipping container. Certainly in the neighborhood of 50 years old but not yet 100 years old.

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