Sometime this past spring I found myself in Florence, KY. As luck would have it, there were antiques dealers there. I visited one.
Along with the usual antiques stuff, I found this crate:
I opened the crate and immediately noticed the hinges looked unlike others I’ve seen:
Close up, they look like this:
See more clearly with this exterior view:
A few rows over, I found this crate :
With the same hinge:
Then a few weeks later in Raleigh, I found this French munitions crate:
Different implementation but same idea:
Front view is interesting as well:
The latch is also loop based.
It is an interesting design for a hinge. When closed, it firmly holds the lid in position. When opened, the loops allow the lid to open fully getting the lid out-of-the-way while putting no strain on the crate back or the lid.
Yet, I don’t think many of us will be using this hinge.