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Oldest thing in regular use

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Around 1974, so some 40 years ago, whilst on site at  Laporte Industries titanium dioxide plant at Immingham, I acquired some steel toecapped safety wellingtons.  I still have them and they are in regular use. 

 

What is your oldest item still in regular use?  No, not  that part of your body!  :O  :O

 

 

( I have decided not to mention the yard brush, still as new,  passed down from my great grandfather that has lasted for over 130 years, with only six new handles and seven brush heads in all that time)

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We have a vacuum cleaner - I think it's a carpet cleaning one - that is still in use for DIY stuff. It's grey and grey and looks like a stone age Henry the Hoover.

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We have had the same biscuit tin for the last 24 years though the biscuits that go in it last less than a week.

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I have a bowl with my name on it that my parents bought me when I was a small ginger.  It is the perfect size for measuring child and adult portions of pasta, soup etc.  It therefore gets used virtually every day and turns 30 next year.

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Around 1974, so some 40 years ago, whilst on site at  Laporte Industries titanium dioxide plant at Immingham, I acquired some steel toecapped safety wellingtons.  I still have them and they are in regular use. 

 

What is your oldest item still in regular use?  No, not  that part of your body!  :O  :O

 

 

( I have decided not to mention the yard brush, still as new,  passed down from my great grandfather that has lasted for over 130 years, with only six new handles and seven brush heads in all that time)

My parents recently discarded pots and myself bedlinien.  Both o these things were wedding presents to them and their 40th annniversary is coming up soon.

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I have a garden hoe that I bought 35 years ago and brought it home on the crossbar of my bicycle when coming back from work. Also, I have a plastic container full to the brim with nails, screws, bolts, washers etc. Some go back 50 years but still come in useful from time to time. 

 

I suppose my oldest thing is my grandfather clock dating back to the mid-18th century. My house dates back to 1791. Good topic, John.

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I had a bottle of "Dave's Insanity Sauce" that dated back to 1998, but my wife threw it out when we moved in December :(

We also have a humane wasp/bee trap, bought from Betterware god knows how many years ago.  You catch the insect a trap door falls and you can release it unharmed.

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We have a clothes airer that used to belong to my grandma and must be at least 40 years old. It is still the best design I've ever seen, with a set of radial arms that fold back into a central tube and the legs fold back in to make a very small tube to store away when not in use.

 

Edit to add: this is the beast

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I have a Spiderman pillow case from when I was a little boy (sadly the duvet cover is no longer with us) that I handed down to my little boy. This pillow case is nearly 40 years old and he was thrilled with it.

 

 

My wife was browsing on eBay last night and was rather taken by an 'antique computer desk' - I didn't have the heart to explain it to her (it was a pine cupboard with a pull out keyboard shelf, quite possibly designed by Ikea).

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I had a big clear-out when I last moved, but I still have a sculpting tool an artist gave me, which is a really useful all-purpose scraping/poking/cutting gadget. I was given it about 30 years ago, and it was pretty well-used by then. 

 

I also have an antique Kukri, but it's not actually used for anything, just decorative.

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I regularly play my 1971 jukebox.

 

I still use a Black and Decker drill that I bought in the 1970's and some of my Dad's old tools. I keep one of my grandfather's old chisels in the toolbox in my van and fairly regularly use it. It has his initials that were burned into it with a welding torch.

 

I am currently typing this from my Nan's old table and have her (re-covered) old horsehair chairs in my front room ... all from the 1920's.

 

I collect and use old plates and I would guess that most of the ones I generally eat my meals off would be from the 1950's.

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My parents recently discarded pots and myself bedlinien.  Both o these things were wedding presents to them and their 40th annniversary is coming up soon.

My mum's got a La Creuset casserole dish that's from a similar time frame. Still uses it all the time.

 

My dad's got all sorts of tools inherited from his dad, plus an ancient set of golf clubs and some wooden skis.

 

I've got my great-granddad's pocket watch, still in good working order. But I only use it when I'm feeling particularly foppish.

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We have some furniture that was made by my great-great uncle just after the First World War.

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My wallet's over forty years old.

 

Old Frightful will be along shortly to explain how it's lasted so long.

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A barometer won by my mother and father in a ballroom dancing competition at the Middleton Arms in Leeds in the late 1930's. I've also acquired my dad's habit of giving it a tap whenever I walk past. It's still very accurate.

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I have a Texas Scientific Calculator that dates back to 1976, don't use it regularly these days but when you need to do sums it comes in.

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a pair of binoculars that my grandfather left us that used to belong on a german u boat, we use em to look at the wildlife out the back of the garden

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We have a bone handled small kitchen knife, great for peeling, that was Sharon's Grandfathers, we've had it for 35 years at least and it was old when Sharon inherited it.

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I have this from my wife's father, bought new in 1952, still works mostly!

 

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That's a nicely processed picture. :-D

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I have a Glass flower vase that dates back to the 1920's, although I don't use it very often as we don't have flowers in it most of the time

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Although I have just been told I have tee-shirts older than my 20-year-old step-daughter

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I have a scrapbook from the 1970's that is full of blank pages and is ready to be used at any time.

Unfortunately, I labelled the front cover "Hull FC 's greatest moments at Wembley" so I can't imagine it being used real soon:

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