The barn was built in 1889. A lot of people have been in and out of those doors and they have left behind a lot of junk. Some of that junk has turned old with age but with a little scrubbing we found some old stuff that could have some type of collectible value too it. I feel like I could run a small antique store with the goods that we are finding in the barn. Here are the noteworthy finds of today's spelunk (there is undoubtedly more to find).
This barn clearly held livestock in it in for many of the past 122 years: cows, horses, pigs and likely goats. We found a snaffle bit, one fancy curb bit, work harnesses and sinches. For horses we found one very large leather harness and a leather bug net. Other tools we found included the hay bale hook, an excellent old pitchfork and a ladder. Then it got interesting.
Upon researching Lysol, the company was founded in 1918 to help fight polio infestation. Obviously this time frame works with our barn's, but I unfortunately don't know the exactness.
This is still in the box and from what I can tell was never used. Although I couldn't find any information of this online, I did find that a farming journal spoke about the company in a 1908 publication. On eBay a 1910 bottle can be purchased. I do not know the date of this bottle, but it is cool nonetheless.
The next part reads 'patented 1915'.
That doesn't mean this can is from 1915 or around that date, but it certainly gives it a general time period. There are several oil cans such as these back where I imagine the pigs to have been. I don't think the two are related :)
Even farmers have their vices:
This product and brand still exists. In fact Phillips is the maker of your favorite Bacardi products.
I was unable to find how old the brandy is but this bottle and label suggests it goes back some time.
The tin also says "Is made from the finest Kentucky Burley Leaf Tobacco ripened in natures sunshine and cured in nature's way". Mild & Mellow. The Velvet brand, as far as I can tell, no longer exists.
|Cool old pail.|
|Cool old lock|
|Rob climbing cool old ladder|