During a recent trip to a local antique mall, I spotted a whole shelf full of antique industrial gauges in one vendor’s booth. He had all sorts of interesting industrial pieces, but these really stood out to me.
I knew Tom would love them, too. As soon as he saw them laying on the gray dresser in our bedroom, he said “Oh, my gosh. I love you!” Did you ever think the way to a man’s heart would be through antiques?
I really love putting together small collections of unique items, and these gauges are no different. I found some blue and clear glass vintage bottles at another antique mall (I really get around!) and decided that they would be the perfect way to display my new mini collection.
So, what once were instruments used in factories now serve another purpose – beauty. I like to look at them and think about the men who worked with them so many years ago. One of them is even labeled “OK 10-31-36” in pencil, which I’m assuming was the last time it was tested. Do you think they’d ever imagine that some gal down in Texas would display them in a vignette like pieces of art?
Do you have anything old in your home that would seem completely odd to the original owners of those items, like my industrial gauges? Do tell!