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Posted 4 years ago


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Another item I just acquired. Asian style cabinet with key and latch sitting on accompanying stand. Date or maker unknown. No markings at all any on stand or cabinet, except the latch which looks old "Eagle Lock Co, Terryville, Conn, Made in Conn" The paint inside and outside is original and the designs are raised, wood type? Not sure but from the looks of this maybe 1960's? I was curious about the item because it came with 2 original shelves. It looks like a very good craftsman installed wooden supports for 5 levels. I have the shelves and what is surprising is the weight, and assembly of these simple shelves. They were hand made later at some point but took a lot of work to make them. Why wouldn't someone go through the expense of having these shelves made for this cabinet, unless this cabinet was very desirable and worth the extra cost to add shelves. These shelves were not painted the original color of the interior so I removed them and just left the originals. Chest looks much better in the pictures than in reality, and I have not even cleaned it up any. It has some minor damage on one door but it really is a beautiful piece. I know its not Asian because of the lock, but great tribute to the art!

Has anyone ever seen this model before? Thank you!!

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  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Maybe 1900-1939?
  3. shrine shrine, 4 years ago
    I think it's a restored piece.
  4. utherrr utherrr, 4 years ago
    Thank you Sean, Phil and Shrine!
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome utherrr!!
  6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 years ago
    I will throw in two cents. It is a veneer job and the raised carvings are normally machine punched and glued on. The lock and hinges are your best bet for a date. I question the stand being original but you never know. Regardless it is unique and deserves some research. As for the weight being an issue, particle board is much heavier than real wood. Adding shelves isn't at all difficult unless you have a fragile antique. First thing I would do is compare the base stand wood with the cabinet. It would be odd in the 60's to have opposing woods. I really think this was originally the top of a side board type affair with a different base.
  7. utherrr utherrr, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the love and comments! I will take close up pictures of the hinges, latch and top door stop latch. After a fews days of discussing those aspects, I will close up the cabinet and stand fit. Its exact fit in all dimensions. Im sorry I should have listed exact dimensions and will do so. Thank you for your help!
  8. utherrr utherrr, 4 years ago
    I hope these photos are clear enough and pardon the orientation. Also the dimensions of this cabinet is 24 1/4"H x 29"W x 16"D. The table it sits on is such an exact fit even flush on the back, I would think it a matching pair. The top is veneer on serious hard wood, and covered with color except the damaged piece around the top stop latch I displayed. The stand is unpainted. Not sure how I can tell the wood similarity easily. The damaged part of the wood is very dark, but I'm not sure this might not be just a natural process of the untreated damaged wood being exposed to and dry air over decades causing it to be so brown. Also I'm not sure I understand why it would be uncommon to have the two pieces made of different wood types. I hope these photos can shed some light!

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