Posted 4 years ago
Here’s the one on the right end of the middle row of the Sept. 28th posting picture. I’m also including in this posting the right end of the bottom row because it is the same, except it has a leatherette finish with mahogany drawer fronts and body face board. It’s a Style A.
This is a Union Tool Chest Works, Style B (B because it’s Oak wood finish), 7 drawer chest. It was manufactured in 1913 – 1916. 1913 was Union’s first year of manufacturing ‘chests’. These are 17” widths. 20” had different style numbers. Union did not mount mirrors to the underside of the opening lid in these early years. On style B’s the back panel of the chest also had a rectangular relief in it, same as the removable front panel. This chest came without felt, which was an extra cost item.
Here’s what is unique about this particular style B - It has the original Union decal nameplate on the front of the face board, but notice how dirty it is around the decal and the two brads. That’s because it had been built as a Union but sold to J.M. Waterston, a secondary supplier per ‘The’ Guide, for them to sell in their tool supply catalogs with their own brand (Union installed) nameplate. I removed their nameplate to expose the Union decal. Just part of history. Have a good one…..Ted