Like our art deco trophy from earlier today, wooden crates aren’t my usual cup of tea, but I love the local reference on this vintage Benoni Mineral Water Works box – the stencilled writing is what makes it special for me, but the metal straps that secure the side of the box are also a really nice detail!
I haven’t been able to find out much about the Benoni Water Works, but from the bit I’ve read I know that they were definitely in operation in the 1930s, with the last reference I’ve been able to find dating to the mid 1980s. The first time they appear on the scene is in the late 1930s when the company was responsible for bottling Coca Cola, but Coke quickly built a plant in Stanley Avenue in Auckland Park, so their relationship ended in January 1939. I’m not sure if today’s crate is quite that old, but it’s definitely got a bit of history to it! Luckily though it’s still completely fine structurally speaking, so should still be able to be used, whether it’s as a super stylish picnic box, or a place to display your prized pot plants or herbs, this wooden crate still has plenty of life left in it!
P.S. Vintage crates can sell for a pretty penny, going for as much as $180 (R2400) in some instances!
Dimensions: 40cm long x 26.5cm wide x 15cm deep