Posted 8 years ago
I picked this up today and was happy to get it. The man said it had been in his family for years and was a very old antique. I'm guessing turn of the century (1900+) but, of course, am not sure.
There is a metal square cup attached to the inside of the door that says "Camphor" on it. I don't know if that is a company name or just the name of the wood. The camphor wood on the doors is a veneer I believe. I can see it was placed on wood slats (seen when you lay it down and look at the bottom of it) in sections. It has an amazing arrangement making it appear to look like a woman's waist with a belt around it.
It is very wobbly. It's falling apart and will need a lot of retrofitting, restabalizing, not to mention repair to the outside all around it before it can be a serviceable, functioning piece of furniture again.
I see the potential in it so I took the plunge and got it. To me, this is a tiny closet. There's not much width to accommodate today's hangers and the "shoe rack" at the bottom could only hold 2 pair of shoes at the most today.
It stands 65" tall, is 37" wide and 19" deep. I just used a little Old English polish on the upper corner of one of the front doors and the camphor wood is looking beautiful. I may have to re-think selling it. People must have been really small 100 years ago. (age is a guess, not fact).
If anyone knows anything about this type of wardrobe closet, please enlighten me.