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    Posted 5 years ago

    Golfgibson
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    I recently purchased this chest from a dealer and love it. I was told it was a late 30's Westinghouse chest, but cannot find any markings. All parts appear to be original and the paint is in pretty good shape. It is missing the cap catcher, however.

    Does anyone know if there should be markings or if they were even included at time of manufacturing? I like the vintage look vs complete restore. Anyone have opinions on these?

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    1. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      I have one just like it, the only marking I can find is on the inside right wall. It says W-NDB. There are Coke collector on this site that will help you.
    2. Golfgibson, 5 years ago
      Actually found the raised numbers and letters T-38-1 on the front inside panel of cooler. Anyone knows what this might represent?
    3. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 5 years ago
      Nice one! Here's a helpful resource put together by our old CW buddy toolboxted:

      https://sites.google.com/site/idcocacolachestmachines193459/home

    4. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      Thanks Daddy_NoBucks for the link! I`ll have to get my tape measure out and do some research.
    5. Golfgibson, 5 years ago
      Great link, Daddy! Looks like the "T" represents Tennessee Furniture Co and "38" was the year manufactured. The "1" was apparently the month. Mine also appears to have original cap puller. Does anyone know if the Tenn Furniture models are any more rarer than the Westinghouse ones from this date period?
    6. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 5 years ago
      The makers are equivalent, all things being considered equal. Westinghouse started making the Coke ice coolers in the early 30's, Cavalier within a couple years after. So Westy's were first and of course, with the name recognition, some may argue giving the edge there. But any edge one way or the other would be slight and dependent on collector's preference.

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