The collectible Union Steel Chest Corporation split-top tool box is in very good condition. While the exterior along with the underside of the split-top lid and removable tray are in the original teal-blue, the remainder of the interior - including the top side of the removable tray - appears to have been painted silver. As can be seen in the photos, this Union Steel tool box has been well taken care of. While there are some areas of surface-rust and distress on and in this awesome tool box, it is possible that it could be refinished. According to references, the "UNION" in the intact eagle logo on the top of the split-top lid points to the Union Steel Chest Corporation of Leroy, New York. The intact sticker shows that this gorgeous teal-blue Union tool box was made in the U.S.A. with the slogan, "BUY UNION & BE RIGHT" just above. While it is hardly discernible, the model number of this collectible Union Steel tool box appears to be 712 or 7121. Along with the intact "UNION" logo, stickers have been added to the top front and top back that have "WOOD WORKING" on one and "WOODWORKING" on the other. While it is hard to be certain, the approximate production date was supposedly circa 1940's. As of the time of this listing, this particular model of Union tool box with a split-top lid appears to be very rare. Even more, to have a split-top lid Union Steel tool box with an intact eagle logo in its original teal-blue color appears to be incredibly rare. While this gorgeous Union Steel tool box is ready to put to work on the next job site, it is being offered in this listing for its collectible nature and gorgeous mid-century industrial charm.
Please note that screen resolution and/or original lighting could cause the colors to appear lighter or darker than actual. While some of the photos may appear to be closer to plain blue - the actual color is much closer to teal-blue.
Two of the spot welds on one side and one spot weld on the other side are loose where the piano-style hinge connects to the lower edge of the lid. While adhesive could be used, the hinges still work great. However, even though the box still carries very well when empty, it might not be good to carry heavy tools and/or fasteners inside the tool box. Also, since the spot welds are located on the underside of the lid, they are incredibly hard to notice unless inspected up-close. Other than this, there are no breaks, holes, or repair places on this gorgeous Union Steel Chest Corporation tool box. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub marks on the tool box - mainly in the form of surface-rust and distress. Also, while the tool box has been washed with mild soap and water, there may still be areas that were overlooked such as corners, etc.
The decorative possibilities for this collectible Union Steel teal-blue tool box are many. The display case or open collectibles shelf would be enhanced by the addition of this rustic and distressed Union Steel tool box. Also, the man-cave or home office would welcome this rare Union Steel tool box for its collectible nature and wonderful mid-century industrial charm. In addition, the growing collection of old tools would increase in value and interest upon the arrival of this teal-blue "Made in U.S.A." Union Steel tool box.
The collector will appreciate this awesome Union Steel tool box for its very good condition, original teal-blue color, intact "UNION" eagle logo, high-quality construction, mid-century industrial charm, and gorgeous overall appearance.
The collectible Union Steel Chest Corporation split-top tool box weighs 11 pounds and 11.4 oz.
The rustic and distressed teal-blue Union Steel tool box measures 21" in length from outside to outside or 21 3/16" in length including the lid overhang x 7.25" tall to the top of the split-top lid x 8.5" deep from outside to outside or 8.75" deep including the reinforcing on the bottom corners.
The handles stand approximately 1 5/8" above the top of the lid which would make the overall height of this gorgeous tool box measure approximately 8 7/8".
The sidewalls of this collectible Union Steel Chest Corporation tool box stand approximately 5.75" tall.
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Vintage Union Toolbox 1940's Steel Split Top Dual Handle Collectible Tool Box Removable Tray Teal Blue Made in USA Industrial Decor
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