So many great ideas and uses for this Antique 19th Century Brass Jelly Bucket. It is a dated and signed authentic antique that will compliment your farmhouse, industrial, lodge or country living style. It would make a great fruit bowl or you can get a little more creative and use it to display other items like rolled hand towels in your bath or vanity. However you choose to use, it will make a gorgeous display.
This brass bucket has the number "0" embossed at the bottom along with the maker information (see photos). It stands 5 3/4" tall to the rim of the bucket and measures 9" across the opening. It stands 10" to the top of the handle when it is raised. There are some small dings seen mostly at the base but quite a remarkable piece for 150-170 years old. We did not clean only wiped down. It has light patina on the outside and retains much of it's gold color. The inside has heavier patina at the inside bottom of pail. If you want this to shine up brightly it will clean up with some Bar Keepers Friend or other copper and brass cleaner. We love it with it's original aged patina. There is no rot.
This antique bucket has a hand forged rattail iron handle.
Some historical info: Hiram W Hayden born in 1820 deceased 1904 was a prolific engineer and inventor. His inventions included lamps, military inventions including rifles and cannons, and one of the first daguerreotypes put on paper. In 1851 he also revolutionized brass and copper kettle-making by spinning disks of sheet brass through a die. Together with Israel Holmes and John C. Booth, Hayden started the company of Holmes, Booth & Haydens in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1853 to roll sheet metal and manufacture metal goods.