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Jan 24, 2014 10:38 AM

What is this Thrift Shop find?

Since I am nudging 60, the chances of a photo are obviously nil.

The object is made of high grade stainless steel and about 1.5 to 2 mm in thickness. It is 16 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. There is no pouring lip, no handles, does have a rolled rim, and dented on the base.

My first thought was as an insert into a warming table, but I have never seen one of this size before. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Dale

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  1. is it circular or square? it could be an insert for a bain marie...or simply a vessel to hold items. The 16 inches is throwing me off.

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    1. re: fourunder

      I'm with you, forunder.
      Could it be a single bottle wine cooler like this?

      1. re: fourunder

        I second the bain marie insert. I think I've seen that shape when, years ago, I was a secretary in the dietetic service of a VA hospital.

      2. Hi, Dale:

        Offhand, I can't imagine a culinary use.

        Perhaps a container to hold long, used surgical instruments?


        1. I think it's a holder for a toilet brush

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          1. Sorry about the delay, quality time on the boat.

            It is circular. I have never seen a warming tray that deep, but my exposure to current restaurant equipment is nil. The Wine cooler looks great, but this is up to man safe mil spec standards.

            But I haven't seen it in any chemical or chip facilities in the area, nor does it ring a bell with my techie buds.

            Thanks for the thoughts on hospital ware. I have a friend who is chief nurse of the local ICU and I will see what she has to say.

            Thanks to you all.