Mid-Century Union Metal Toolbox "Nicely Distressed with lots of Industrial Chic Charm"


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“Papa, the door bell is broken,” Mama Bertelli yelled down the stairs to her husband who was working on something in the basement.

“Yes Mama, I’ll take a look at it.” Victor called back to her and then turned his attention back to the small device that sat on the workbench in front of him. He reached over to his old metal toolbox and pulled out a screwdriver. He leaned over the contraption and adjusted the lamp so he could see what he was working on better. He tightened a few screws and then returned the tool to the box. “There, that should do it,” he said aloud to himself.”

Mama yelled down again, “Papa, the sink is backed up again.”

At the sound of Mama Bertelli’s voice, the device suddenly lit up and a reel-to-reel tape began turning, then the recorded sound of Victor’s voice emitted from the machine, “Yes Mama, I’ll get on it as soon as I can.”

Victor smiled as he made is way to a large easy chair that sat in the corner of the basement. He sat down, filled and lit his pipe and then picked up a book and began to read.

“Papa, the backdoor is squeaking,”

The machine lit up and the tape reel began to turn again.

“I’ll be up to take a look at it shortly,” the machine bellowed as Papa sat silently in his comfy chair. He drew in smoke from his pipe and turned the page on his book.

Here’s Papa Bertelli’s wonderful old distressed metal toolbox, if only it could speak, I'm sure it would have endless stories to tell. This toolbox was made in the USA by the Union Company probably in the 1950s. It is made of steel and is 22" wide X 8" deep X 9.5" tall. It has nice decorative corner guards on the bottom corners and it also has most of its original "UNION CHEST" label inside the lid. The original paint looks to be a dark green but the exterior was painted copper at one time but it has developed a rich patina of different wear, paint drips and dings over the years.

This well-used toolbox has some surface rust but the integrity of the metal is still good and solid. The exterior has wonderful patina of scratches, scuffs, paint over spray and splashes. It has some small dings but no major dents or damage. The 3 latches still work but we don't have a key for the center locking latch--it works but you can't lock. The handle was probably originally wrapped in leather but it has all worn off with the internal wrapping but it is securely attached to the lid with the metal hardware underneath. The interior is pretty clean with no excessive oil or dirt.

No International Shipping on this item. This is a heavy and bulky item that will most likely ship to the USA lower 48 states via FedEx Ground so please provide a physical shipping address if it is different than your mailing address. Alaska/Hawaii/US Territories/APO addresses, please Convo us for shipping prices prior to purchasing.

If you like this toolbox, we have several others in the Industrial Chic Section including this one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/122543359/mid-century-distressed-metal-toolbox


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Shipping from United States

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We take great care in packing items but on rare occasions an item can be damaged in shipping. All items shipped within the USA are automatically insured against damage. If your item arrives damaged contact us within 5 days from the delivery date so we can process a claim/refund.

We are not responsible for items delivered to your home or business that are lost or stolen after delivery has been confirmed. If you would like us to require a signature upon delivery, please let us know prior to ordering and we will add that option for a nominal cost.

We offer combined shipping discounts on most items (see shipping costs on each item). Please note that Etsy handles combined discounts this way: You pay full listed shipping cost on the item with the most expensive shipping cost and then the combined shipping discount applies to additional items (of lesser shipping costs) on your order.

We are happy to ship internationally on most items but realize that heavy and/or bulky items will be very expensive to ship so we may note on an item that international shipping is not available.The most cost-effective means for shipping internationally is by U.S. Postal Service (either First Class or Priority International mail) but tracking is often unavailable for items sent this way. International delivery times vary from country to country. An item may take anywhere from 7 to 30 days and occasionally longer and depends upon customs or local delivery delays. We have shipped many items all over the globe with very few problems, but items can get lost or stolen along the way. Should an item be lost in the mail, we will provide you with a copy of the U.S Customs form which is proof that we sent the item. The international buyer will be responsible for contacting their own country's customs/mail officials to trace a lost item's whereabouts. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE DELIVERY OF ITEMS SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.

Also note that the international buyer is responsible for any duty or customs fees charged by your country.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

At the Leaping Lemming, We like happy customers! Upon receipt of your purchased item, check for any shipping damage and Convo or email us ASAP if there is shipping damage or other issues.

We accept returns on items within 14 days of receipt. If you are returning an item for whatever reason, contact us within 14 days to arrange for a return. Once we receive the item back in good condition, a full refund (less original shipping cost) will be issued to you. Buyer is responsible for return shipping charges and original shipping charges unless we deem that an item was not as described. Returned items must be in original condition with all original parts and be packed well for damage-free shipping.

NOTE- We try and describe items as if we were the buyer so carefully read all item descriptions. Most returns can be avoided if you read sizes, descriptions, etc. carefully and Convo us with any questions you might have prior to purchasing.


The vintage items we sell are over 20 years old (some are much older) and are sold "as is." We do not imply any warranty beyond the 14 day return policy described above. This means that if an item breaks or ceases to function after 14 days of receipt no refund or return option is available.

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