Sunday, July 28, 2013

Found Treasures On The Farm

I've been finding lots of "stuff" around the farm house and barn since the day I purchased it, but only a few items have held enough interest for me to clean them up and keep them. Somehow, they've all ended up on two shelves in my bedroom:

But this odd little fork (or spork), which I found buried in the soil beside the barn, was what really got me interested. It must have lay buried for many decades and yet it's barely tarnished:

Here's a front and back view. It's apparently a specialized eating or serving utensil from the Victorian era, but no one seems to know exactly what it was for. I've guessed it might have been a children's fork, or for serving relish. If you know, please leave it as a comment at the end of this post:

I found this tiny, metal tricycle, a reminder of one I had in kindergarten:

And this little cast metal truck with rubber wheels:

These may or may not be old, but I'm sure they were given away with each box of Red Rose tea. The last I knew, the Red Rose Tea Company was still including one in each box:

And then there are the bottles, lots and lots of bottles:

More bottles and an old lamp base:

One bottle was a half pint milk bottle. I remember getting these at school once upon a time:

This bottle reads, "Lydia Pinkham's Medicine" and I found quite a bit about its history here. Lydia Pinkham concocted women's tonic until her death in 1883. It was meant to relieve women's menstrual and menopausal pains :

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