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Nickel-Plated Aluminum Lunch Box - Kaufmann Mercantile Store


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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