Alongside my fairly well known love of antique hand tools, and the arcana of farm life in the homestead era, I have a weakness for certain items of antique furniture too.
Two very dear friends, who truly know what I like, were kind enough to offer these display cases to me first, when they were considering downsizing their own collection a little. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity!
The lower item is a showcase from a country ‘feed and seed’ store, made in oak, probably dating between 1880 and 1920. The customer facing side (shown) has fifteen removable glass-fronted panels, allowing seed/feed to be displayed for the buyers’ edification, while on the opposite (storekeeper) side are fifteen full-depth drawers that would have each been filled with the product shown in the respective glass panels. I specially love the way the panels at the bottom are kicked out at a slight angle, to help the customer determine the contents.
The upper item is also a display case from a retailer, but was almost certainly originally used to display cigars in a general store. It is likewise made from oak, albeit with a darker stain to mimic teak or mahogany - but the magic here is in the curved lower segment, and the nickel silver reinforcing elements at every joint. All of the glass is original, and all has that slightly wavy character typical of older (and possibly lead free) glass. I’m attributing this item a date range from 1860 to 1900.
Receiving these at Ten Lakes Lodge today was a special moment, because they are the first ‘new’ antiques we have brought into our home here.
These may, eventually, find a role @oldmarstonfarm when we open our farm store - but in the interim, we are going to enjoy them here.
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