I know I'm a few days late, but thought I'd share this unusual treasure that I found yesterday. It's 3 feet square and is metal with a wood slat back. It's a metal floor pad for a wood or coal burning stove, made back when those stoves were commonplace. Look at the beautiful design on it! How different things were a hundred (or even 50) years ago -- that they took such care to create something beautiful for a stove to sit on and cover up!
I think it's one of the most unusual and interesting things I've found. I can see it hung on a big wall or over a stairway as industrial art -- maybe in a house with a cathedral ceiling (probably not my 1960s ranch).
What about you? Would you have bought it or would you have passed it by? What would you do with it?