It's funny, how you can acquire things, put them away and forget you have them.....then, while cleaning or "reorganizing", you find an item and it brings back a flood of memories. This little wooden box was a treasure I found last week when cleaning out my basement. It was purchased on a weekend trip to visit my husband's family in West Branch Michigan about 10 years ago. I had put it up for safe keeping and forgot about it. It is the most interesting little box...I figure it must have been a child's tool box in the early 1900's. It is made of oak, has the loveliest dove-tailed corners, and a small little built-in tray. On the lid are 3 beautiful red, white and blue fabric pieces. Underneath the fabric pieces are writings in red. The name of the box reads "National Tool Chest". Beneath the title are 3 columns. I am unable to make out the first and third column, but the middle column contains some of the most useful and timeless lessons:
" Do not put off until tomorrow, what can be done to-day"
"Have a place for everything, and put everything in it's place"
I brought it upstairs, cleaned it out and am now using it for my sewing box. It holds my threads in the middle section, my scissors in the tray, and my needles and bees wax in the other section. Just a simple little wooden box...but it brought a smile to my face knowing it brought pleasure to someone a long time ago!