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June 2013 19I have bought a few of these lovely galvanised bins over the last couple of months.  They’re attractive and have so many uses – great planters for your garden or conservatory and superb for storing dry dog food.  I sold one last week and it’s going to store chicken feed – perfect!

June 2013 8But although we can find innumerable uses for them today, they are in fact “lessiveuses”.  Invented in the late 19th century they are designed to be put on a fire and used to boil up your linens.

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We have one filled with plants in our courtyard and every time I look at it I will thanks the gods for my wonderful Zanussi work horse!

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I have two sizes of galvanised tub, one size “3” and one size “4” and one white enamel model with domed lid, obviously unused and complete with its internal fittings.

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