Pie safes were a eminently practical item that every country housewife owned at the turn of the century. Most women had a baking day where they baked all the bread, pies, muffins, and treats for their family in one fell swoop. They then needed a safe place too keep their baked goods that kept mice and bugs out, but still provided ventilation. The punched tin not only was decorative, but functional. I have been wanting a pie safe of my own for years. Sigh... someday!