While it may make people think of Dickens, a coal scuttle is both functional and decorative. Fewer people use coal than once did, so many coal scuttles have been repurposed into something else, whether a decorative piece or a planter.
The best thing about a repurposed coal scuttle is the absence of dust. Without coal dust getting everywhere, they can really shine. It is time to take out the polish and show yours off.