We found 2 of these pails in Maryland. They are so awesome for a decor item. I have also placed a mason jar in the bottom and displayed tall fresh cut flowers in both in our shop! I left the patina of the greenish copper color. With a strong arm and my favorite "Bar Keepers Friend" or "Brasso" the copper will come back to its shiny self! Great decor item for either side of your fireplace!