Offered by: Garden Court Antiques
1700 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 , United States Call Seller 415.355.1690


Napoleon III Brass Coal Scuttle, French Circa 1870.

$ 2,350
  • Description
    Napoleon III brass repousseé coal scuttle with elaborate decoration and a turned ebony handle, French circa 1870.

    Two-hinged slant doors raise fully to reveal the inside coal storage area. This highly decorative ‘pail’ is in excellent condition with elegant polished brass relief. It could be use next to a fireplace to store firewood or alternatively to stash magazines or kids’ toys.

    A coal scuttle also called a hod, “coal bucket”, or “coal pail”, (fr. seau à charbon), is a bucket-like container for holding a small, intermediate supply of coal convenient to an indoor coal-fired stove or heater. For homes which did not use coal, a coal scuttle might have been simply decorative.

    This highly-polished brass coal scuttle would be an upper-to-middle class appointment for the “model” housing; a “model” of consumption and domestic practices of a well-appointed home during the 19th and early 20th century.

    height: 23 in. 58.5 cm., width: 22 in. 56 cm., depth: 12 in. 30.5 cm.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: brass, hammered brass, repousseé
    Condition: Good. very good condition
    Creation Date: Circa 1870
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Napoleon, Victorian
    Patterns: Florals/Botanical, Handmade, Traditional
    News references: “Antiques: Coal scuttles now used as tables, magazine holders” by Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel, SF Gate, Sep. 25, 2007
    Dealer Reference #: JG-401
    Incollect Reference #: 606420
  • Dimensions
    W. 22 in; H. 23 in; D. 12 in;
    W. 55.88 cm; H. 58.42 cm; D. 30.48 cm;
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