The Tobacco Jar
I saw this jar from a distance at a yard sale.
I wasn't looking for a jar.
I didn't need a jar.
But I saw it, liked it, and bought it!
It didn't look quite this pretty, although it was basically in good condition. There were no cracks, chips, or splits, just some scratches and this funny mark on the side that looked like paint.
So, I sat myself down on a sunny afternoon and started sanding with a fine grit sandpaper. In no time that mark was gone and whatever finish was on it - also gone.
I tried to do a little research on it but couldn't find much. I did find one exactly like this in an Etsy shop. It was titled, 'Wooden Jar' and it was sold. Oddly enough, we watched Pride & Prejudice on PBS and I noticed a similar jar on Mr. Bennet's desk. With everything I researched, my guess is it was originally a tobacco jar; so that's my story and I'm sticking to it. At least until an expert tells me I'm wrong! Thanks to one of my dear readers, J Neal, I have learned this is actually a Saffron Cup! You can read the details in the comment section below.
It needed a finish so I pulled out the Lemon Oil and rubbed it into the wood.
It was an easy way to give it a lovely finish and it only took a few minutes. The quickest and easiest refinishing job I've ever done!
Now it sits on my vintage Speaker Cabinet along with a few other items. It's not really used for anything...maybe a random screw or penny gets tossed in it. You know, 'bits & bobs'.
What have you bought recently that you weren't looking for and didn't need?