This charming miniature icebox was made by the Hubley Manufacturing Co. in the 1920's. These are sometimes mistakenly referred to as salesmen's samples as they are quite realistic looking but they were, in fact, made as toys and this piece is scaled for a large dollhouse. Measures 6" tall, 4 1/2" wide and 3" deep.
Made entirely of cast iron and enameled in ivory-colored paint with hinges, latches and the "Alaska" brand painted in gold. The door are functional and are easily removed from the piece which is probably what caused the damage to the top hinge on the larger door. There is an old break and, although the latch keeps the door closed, it falls off when it is opened. The last picture shows this damage.
Otherwise, this is a very nice example with very little of the paint loss that is common to this piece and old painted cast iron in general. All sides are shown to illustrate the nice condition.
The doors are stamped with their individual part numbers and the bottom of the box is stamped: "1471 3 Pat Appld For".
It is quite heavy with an unpackaged weight of over 2 pounds.
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