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English "Shop Class" Handtruck of Hand-Soldered Copper and Brass (LEO Design)

Back in the old days—that is, well before 1995—public schools used to offer something called "shop class" (okay, Boomer). It was here that awkward teens and pre-teens had a chance to play with dangerous craft equipment like drills, welding torches and bandsaws. And it was here that kids would create (mostly unwanted) gifts for moms and dads—presents like plant stands, napkin holders and trident spears.

This little handtruck, made in a shop class in Fifties England, has all the hand-crafted charm one would expect of a green "soldering novice."

English "Shop Class" Handtruck of Hand-Soldered Copper and Brass (LEO Design)

Copper and brass were joined to form the little wagon—then fitted with four British coins as wheels (dated 1904, 1919 and two from the 1950's). It makes a charming and stylish business card holder or it would look great sitting on a windowsill, mantelpiece or bookshelf. Click on one of the photos above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248