I was immediately attracted to this when I spotted it at the flea market a few weeks ago.
Upon closer inspection I saw that it was an old Elgin watch repair kit.
Years ago my mom gifted me with her father's gold Elgin wrist watch which I've always cherished, so it came as no coincidence (I've never believed in coincidences) that this particular treasure was waiting for me to find it!
Fortunately, the price was right and I snapped it up.
ELGIN 7 AND 15 JEWEL WRIST WATCH
FIELD MAINTENANCE AND BASE SHOP ASSORTMENT FOR 250 WATCHES (1/4 SETS)
I have been pondering the rows of tiny silver topped, numbered vials that once held tiny jewels, hands, bushings, bars, screws, pinions, levers and springs.
And then it came to me!
This would be the perfect box to house a collection of sand and shells from my favorite beaches!
The bottom level has several numbered cardboard boxes that are the perfect size for sand dollars and smaller specimen shells.
And these slightly larger black topped vials and round tins will be perfect for seaweed and other discovered sea treasures.
Best of all is the wooden box that houses it all and is easy to pack and bring along with us next week as we head to the Newport Coast for parents weekend and a much needed vacay and quality time spent with our son!
I can't wait to treasure hunt again on Crystal Cove Beach!