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Old but still very much loved and used.

Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057
edited August 2018 in Plants
I'm sure we all have old stuff which we still use and love.
Here's my Singer sewing machine which my grandmother bought in Feb 1917.

The original instruction book.

Original box of accessories.

It's usually covered up at the end of the hall. 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057
    @plant pauper as promised. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057
    This is my favourite gardening tool.  It was given to me in 1987 by a 72 year old gardener who was retiring. He told me he'd had it for over 50 years.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,236
    I read that title and thought you were talking about hubby Hosta  :D
    My mum's machine looked just like that. 
    The fork is lovely. Built to last in those days eh? 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057
    @Fairygirl the fork shaft/ handle is one single piece of wood, but the top cracked a year ago , so it has a bit of masking tape over the crack. Not bad for 80 odd years old though and I use it all the time.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,236
    I have a little  'never bend' spade - not quite that age right enough  ;)
    I love it, and it's taken all sorts of abuse in this garden digging out concrete and tree roots. The shaft eventually broke and I bought a new one, but went back to the old one because it's perfect for me. Gaffer taped the shaft and it's been fine!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Granny's broom has been in the family for over 💯 years.  In all that time it has had five new heads and three new handles. 😀
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,162
    Other than OH, no very old stuff here but I do have my trusty wooden handled Spear and Jackson stainless steel ladies' border fork which I bought in 1989 and a pair of Felco secateurs now on their second blade and spring after a spell in the compost heap thanks to possum throwing them out with all the hosta and pelagornium flowers she dead-headed under protest a few years ago.

    Had a collection of old Singer sewing machines in my sewing room in Belgium but gave them to a charity shop when we moved and did some de-cluttering.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,280
    @josusa47 sounds like the same model as Trigger's broom
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,996
    My mums Sit - At ironing board, 66 years old, could be more. Was about to take it to the tip.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    My dad had a pair of huge old iron scissors that he used all my lifetime. I going to give them away, but maybe I'll keep them. It's tempting to get rid of all the 'junk' when house clearing. But sometimes it pays to slow down.

    I'm sitting at my grandma's dining table. Use some 44 year old teeth every day. Do they count? 
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