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Nickel-Plated Aluminum Lunch Box - Kaufmann Mercantile Store

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Wherever you are, the work day is not always conducive to an "actual" lunch time. More often than not, sitting down and enjoying your sandwich outside is trumped by a backlog of emails to reply to, which you end up writing between bites. And there's usually an excuse—once you go outside, there's nowhere to sit down, anyway.

Originally developed by a hardrock miner who sat down on his old tin lunchbox for a rest, only to have it collapse right under him, this sturdy, handcrafted metal box weighs less than three pounds and makes a great seat, as well as a container for your mid-day vittles.

Store your lunch in the large bottom compartment of this box, and put your beverage in the top portion which features a removable wire for a vacuum bottle. Then, turn the box on its side and have a seat while you eat. Don't worry, the aluminum siding held together with nickel rivets are strong enough to hold you. When I asked the manufacturer just how many pounds the box could hold, she told me this:

"I met my Tool & Die guy when they bought property on our lake and when we got to chatting, asking about each others professions and I mentioned my dad's lunchboxes, he said, "Not the aluminum one that looks like a barn?" Yup, I said. Then he said, "Well, I'll be darned....years ago I worked for a company that made chain and I looked around for a lunchbox that could carry 75 lbs of chain and I bought one!"

Keep in mind that when you're seated your weight is adjusted, so this limit will hold most people of average weight.
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