Old Dressers and Headboards

Posted by admin on July 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

Did you know that dressers, bureaus and chests of drawers all developed from the use of and improvement to medieval floor chests, primarily in Europe.  England and France have the earliest history in the development of chests or coffers into dressers and chests of drawers, most times owned by nobility or people of means.  Later, dressers and high chests became a staple in juried carpenters’ workrooms, holding tools and supplies, not clothing.

End of history lesson for this week.

This old bureau or dresser is finished in ASCP Louis Blue.  It was probably built in the Philadelphia area around the time of the Civil War.  Original carved wooden drawer pulls are still affixed, as are the original barrel locks and wooden key guards in each drawer.  Beautiful condition, it measures apprx. 38″W x 37+”H x 17″D and is priced at $295.  Great height for a baby’s room.

A little more history, anyway.  Headboards were used as far back as the times of the Pharoahs, pre-3100BC.  Again, from medieval times up to the Depression-era, headboards were used to reflect the cultural background and wealth of the owner(s).  All cultures produced grand headboards and the styles and materials are almost infinite.  This one is a Depression-era piece for a full-size bed.  Its finished in ASCP Olde White and distressed for effect. The central plaque almost appears to be a “tree of life” depiction.  Priced at only $135, these never stay in the shoppe very long.  I’ve added sturdy D-rings to the reverse side to allow it to be fitted directly to the wall so the bed can be moved and made without having to contend with an attached headboard.  Make it up, push it back.  Ahhh, culture and wealth, I guess my headboard would’ve been an old piece of plywood.  Good to have met Gloria……..

Nicely done reproduction Olde English floor cabinet stands well over 6′ H x 42″W x apprx 18″ D.  Priced at $485.

Could be a unique planter, coffee table or server, this is an old cart carrier for compressed air, likely from an old auto repair shop and probably from the 1950s.  They’d wheel these out with the air tanks to your old ’54 Plymouth to get the tires up for that weekend drive.

Summer’s about 1/2 over already and the kids will be back in school soon, so hang in there.  Some of the summer-time wall plaques are still up, but we’ll be putting these away as Labor Day approaches.

Some of the 1920s wooden beach girls around the shoppe.  Nice table toppers for the shore or lake house.

A metal armillary sphere on stand.  These were developed as working models way back when Europeans believed the Earth to be the center of the universe.  Grander types had models of the sun and stars, all smaller than the earth globe itself, though.  Theory went bust, so now we have ornaments…………

Finally for today, we brought this nice vintage mirror in yesterday.  No place to hang it as its 3′ across with beveled edging and beautiful flowered engravings.  Clear wall clips are used to place it.  We intended to put it at the Cape May house, but its too large.  Gloria hasn’t priced it yet, but its hiding in the shop’s restroom, if its something you want to see.

To end, this is Ali’s dog, Liam, trying to figure whether my cup of coffee is edible or a waste of his precious time.

OK, nice day, I have both dogs.  Ali’s in a friend’s wedding group and large pieces are beginning to move a bit more briskly, so off to work.  Enjoy the weekend.

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