Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unusual Find -Turkish Hamam Soap Case

I went to an estate sale back in November.  It was the home of an elderly couple, and there were many wonderful antiques.  I was standing in line to pay for my things and the woman in front of me picked up this item, I had noticed it before, but I had no idea what it was.  She asked someone working there and they thought it was for a particular kind of pudding.  She thought about that for a few minutes, but questioned it due to the holes in the bottom.  I said to her if she was not interested in it I would like to have it.  So in the end I got it, and wondered, what have I got?  I showed it to my Mom, she had no idea.  I researched online, thank goodness for the internet.  It did take some time, actually that is where I spend a lot of my time -research.  But, it had nothing to do with pudding, or even the kitchen, it is a Turkish Soap Case.  I guess if you are going to the trouble to visit a public bath, you must go in style.  These cases were used to carry your soap, a coarse mitt, and webbing of date-palm or other fibers for lathering.  The holes in the bottom are for the water to drain.  So, now I know what I have, still not sure about the age, but it looks very old.



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