Oldest Item in your home

Ironman92 Administrator
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Sun, Jul 12, 2020 10:12 PM

That is used at least weekly.

My garage fridge is from 1950. Out first house we purchased in 1998 and the old couple left us this garage fridge. It’s been the garage fridge ever since. It made the move with us and weighs a ton even though it’s a foot shorter than a regular fridge. For fun if you hold onto the handle too long it’ll give you a little jolt. It’s red for whatever reason. Might give it a new coat soon.

Dining room furniture came from my grandmas and it’s very early 70’s. Our kitchen had 1966 appliance but we JUST remodeled.

Have other stuff that is older but never gets used.


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Sun, Jul 12, 2020 10:27 PM

Cast iron skillet and cast iron griddle. Both are well over 100 years old at this point. 

Ironman92 Administrator
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Sun, Jul 12, 2020 10:44 PM
posted by justincredible

Cast iron skillet and cast iron griddle. Both are well over 100 years old at this point. 

We have my great grandmothers from the 1920’s but it’s no longer being used. I bought my wife a Pioneer Lady one she uses about 1x a month


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Sun, Jul 12, 2020 10:51 PM

I use the skillet at least 5 times a week. The griddle not as much. 

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jul 13, 2020 12:09 AM

Does art count? We bought 2 watercolor paintings of Colmar, France dated 1942 (painted by the artist in the city). It was at that time occupied by Germans of Americans, but never saw any action. More of a transporting town. 

Either way, thought it was awesome to stumble upon them for super cheap. Probably been in the town shops for well over 50 years. 


Aside from that, everything else is pretty new. Wife has some old jewelry and China from the 1800s (but we haven’t even used it once). My dresser and desk is still from my grade school days, so 25 years old. That’s probably the best answer.

gut Senior Member
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 12:45 AM

I've got underwear that's over 30 years old (no, that's an Al Bundy joke).

More seriously, furniture/art that's about 20 years old.


Oldest item in my house is probably a football or baseball card from the 60's/70's.

Spock Senior Member
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 7:56 AM

drop leaf table that is 100 years old and my pool table which is 99 years old

Fab4Runner Tits McGee
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 8:26 AM

Our house was built in 1927 and only had two owners before us. The couple who lived here prior to us passed away. Their children were too lazy to clean the place out before selling, so it was completely full of stuff, some of which we kept. 

We have an mid-century buffet, a desk and a dresser that are pretty old, plus two cast iron pans. I don't have exact dates for anything, though. There's also an antique laundry press is the basement but we don't use it.

Ironman92 Administrator
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 8:49 AM
posted by Laley23

Does art count? We bought 2 watercolor paintings of Colmar, France dated 1942 (painted by the artist in the city). It was at that time occupied by Germans of Americans, but never saw any action. More of a transporting town. 

Either way, thought it was awesome to stumble upon them for super cheap. Probably been in the town shops for well over 50 years. 


Aside from that, everything else is pretty new. Wife has some old jewelry and China from the 1800s (but we haven’t even used it once). My dresser and desk is still from my grade school days, so 25 years old. That’s probably the best answer.

The dresser might best fit the way I worded it but other answers are interesting.



Ironman92 Administrator
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 8:51 AM

As I used it last night i remembered we have a 1 step stool my great grandfather made back in the late 20’s. It’s our go to for tough to reach cabinet stuff

BRF Senior Member
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 4:28 PM

I’ll be the first to say it: me

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 4:32 PM
posted by BRF

I’ll be the first to say it: me

Con_Alma Senior Member
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 5:19 PM

I think the oldest item we have is probably a German prayer book from my wife's family.  There's a beautifully handwritten date on the inside page of 1890.  It's pretty fragile and the paper is yellowed and brittle.

cat_lover Senior Member
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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 5:33 PM

We have a roaster oven that was my grandmother's from 1950 and we still use it every year for roasting the Thanksgiving turkey. I have some power tools that my father bought in the 60's and some regular tools from the 60's also.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Tue, Jul 14, 2020 9:57 AM

Belly35 Elderly Intellectual
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Wed, Jul 15, 2020 3:39 PM

We still use in our back closed in window porch room an oak round kitchen table my wife great-grandma gave her mom, over 100 years old.  In the summer we eat out in this room every morning and many time have dinner out there also.

majorspark Senior Member
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Thu, Jul 16, 2020 11:28 PM

Our dining room set is from the 1920's.  I have a German Bayonet that my wife's great uncle brought home from Europe after WWII.

My wife and I when our kids got older sold our home in the country and bought a house in town built in 1890.  We have since modernized and remodeled most of it.  Out back the original carriage house still stands.  Pretty cool with the hand scraped beams and columns and wooden pegs joining them.

In the old hay loft we found some old newspapers from the Cleveland press dated 1917.  Quite fascinating.  

majorspark Senior Member
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Thu, Jul 16, 2020 11:39 PM

My wife and I decided to preserve the old cook stove chimney in our kitchen.  My wife made this out of some of the old newspaper clippings.

majorspark Senior Member
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Thu, Jul 16, 2020 11:58 PM

I'm going to frame these for an antique car collector customer of mine.

majorspark Senior Member
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Fri, Jul 17, 2020 12:18 AM

I have a whole intact paper.  I think that one has a piece on women's suffrage.  Its quite interesting almost seems foreign.  I'll post it if I find it.  Also the classifieds seeking work are sex based.  There is also a blurb on the front page warning of local bathing suit regulations. 

gut Senior Member
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Fri, Jul 17, 2020 12:32 AM
posted by majorspark

I'm going to frame these for an antique car collector customer of mine.

Those are awesome, and remarkably well-preserved.

I'd be really interested to know the value of those.  It wouldn't shock me if one or two of those was worth $200.

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