Copper Test Tube Holders

Despite my mid-century modern sensibilities, I have trouble turning away from certain industrial things. There’s no real explanation for it. I have very few places in my home where industrial doesn’t look out of place. But, when something is cool, it’s cool. These vintage laboratory vial holders are definitely cool.

TT Holders

I found these at an institutional surplus sale, tangled up in a box full of rusty, heavily corroded test tube holders. The shiny solid copper stood out like a beacon. I was intrigued by the finger holes in the ends as well as the fact that they are serially numbered. I don’t know exactly what they were used for, but it’s clear they are meant to be used together.


The individual slots for each tube are also numbered down one side. It looks cool, but it clears nothing up.


I bought two stands with vials for a little extra money, but I decided to get a couple without the glass tubes. After all, I can’t imagine ever needing more than 20 tiny bud vases at a time. I’m usually not much of a repurposing junkie, but these seemed to lend themselves perfectly to holding pens, pencils and paint brushes. Hmmm, now where to put them?

Pencil Holder

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One Comment

  1. Victor
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    “Shut up and take my money!”
    Seriously, though, those are awesome.

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