Obsessed With The Ice Box


We’re seeing a big interest in Ice Boxes lately!  Why not?  They’re big, bold pieces of history.

Back in the day (before refrigeration) an ice man would come to your home and delivery the ice to keep these cold. You’d use the different sections for dairy, meat and so on. Some had hooks to hang meat!

The economical version was made of oak usually and lined in a tin.  The better the box, the better the insulation. They had a tray which would fill with water that you’d have to empty.

The metal Ice Box was for made for commercial use at first but  seem to have ended up in many homes.

The “higher end” versions were in wood but then we brought in the craftsmen  – carvings, turnings, mirrors and stunning hardware.  Bigger and better! Most of these have a hose with a drip system on the bottom.

Today, these are being manufactured by the ground up.  A wine frig, meat section, who knows what’s in all the compartments. The big, black beauty resides in the 1832 Hurst Haven Plantation in New Orleans.



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6 responses to “Obsessed With The Ice Box

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  • judy

    I have a beautiful original white Leanard Cleanable 4 door Ice Box I am trying to sell. It’s in great condition. Can you give me an estimate value?

  • Geoff Holman

    My father has an antique ice box, same as the 6 door model with a mirror that you have pictured in you obssessed with ice boxes post.
    His ice box is out of a tavern in Waterville Wa that he formerly owned.
    His ice box has been converted to electric to make it functional.Unfortunately his ice box was left under a carport for a few years and the finish suffered.
    Could you provide any type of value on that unit. Or any helpful restoration tips?
    Thank You
    Geoff Holman

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