This wonderful old caste iron bin with brass detail belonged to The Leicester Cooperative Society which was was formed in 1860. We are unsure what it was used for but possibly for money, for refrigeration, or for transporting goods. It would make the most wonderful plant pot or food storage bin or just. bin! Full of character and a wonderful old rusty patina.
Further info about the society:
By September 1871 the society had a membership of 3,043 and had 12 stores. "As well as its retail departments, it also boasted a lending library and reading room, a restaurant and even held sixpenny Saturday night concerts. In the 1930s, its High Street cafe advertised its ability to provide either “a simple snack or a sumptuous banquet”, promising “good food efficiently served by a courteous staff”.This photo from our archive was taken in July 1979, more than 100 years after the society’s Leicester branch was formed." Source: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/history/leicester-co-ops-high-street)
48cm tall with handle up. 34cm talk with handle down. 20cm deep. 29cm wide.
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