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.