Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Identify the Object and its Use

I found this in an obscure corner to which it was banished many years ago. I will say that when I graduated from high school, I received a really nice graduation gift of a fancy laundry bag and one of these items, handpainted with a floral design.
Anyone remember what this was used for?


Kate G said...

I do, Jane! My mother used hers to sprinkle the laundry with distilled water before ironing. This was in the days before steam irons.

Sometimes she add rose or lavender-scented water to the mix for the linens.

Panhandle Jane said...

This one must have been my mother's as well--we live in my childhood home--because the bottle is big. She had large hands and usually chose to use a bottle like this that had to be refilled less often.

For me, it was reminiscent of the smell of the starched laundry hanging on the line, in the days before spray starch.

Soonerbeknitting said...

I'm late, but I knew it was to sprinkle the laundry. My mother had a large plastic bag to hold the damp clothes as she ironed them. Her bottle is a (politically incorrect) Chinese man.

Knittinreed said...

Yes! My mom used one too :-)

Robin said...

Yep, used to sprinkle water on the clothes as you iron. We used to have one, too! Boy, that takes me back!