Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hoosier Cabinet

I had three elderly great-aunts who lived together in their later years. When the last of them passed away several years ago (well into her 90's), my husband and I helped my parents clear the house out to get it ready to sell. My parents kept a few things, we saved out some things for my sisters, and the rest went to me and hubby and to others who helped us.

My mother wanted to make sure that this Hoosier cabinet stayed in the family. She has fond memories of her aunts cutting up lemons on its work surface and making lemonade during the hot New Mexico summers of her childhood.

It has a flour bin from which you could sift flour directly into a measuring device, or a bowl. If you look carefully, you will see a pitcher with a greenish tint in the storage area level with the work surface. That's the same pitcher my great-aunts served their lemonade in.

One of the things that I really like about this cabinet's design is that the enamel work surface can be pulled out for more work space when needed. The top picture shows the work surface pushed all the way in, the bottom picture shows it pulled out to its furthest extent.

I only use the cabinet to store dishes now, to set cakes, pies, and cookies on when they come out of the oven to cool, or as an extra surface on which to set food dishes when entertaining.

I don't know how much it's worth. I've tried to find out, but there were many manufacturers of Hoosier cabinets and many different styles, so it's been hard to pin my particular cabinet down, even though I know the manufacturer. It was manufactured by Helmers of Kansas City, MO.

I don't want to sell it, but it'd be nice to know its value. Its sentimental value is priceless. When I look at its stained and faded wooden surfaces, I often imagine my great-aunts working away making a dinner, or a pie, or slicing those lemons for lemonade. And my mom as a little girl waiting for her glassful.


tnkile said...

I love this cabinet! I have the same one purchased about a month ago in much worse shape. It has about five layers of peeling paint on it, only has one drawer, and only has the top roll top door. I have purchased the sifter but previous owner installed shelving that I have to take out before I can put the sifter in. There was only one peice of original glass and it was mostly broken. This blog is the only pic of the cabinet in original condition I can find. I was able to find out it was made in the 1920's but that is about it. I am not planning on taking off all of the paint I feel like it tells a story but I would like to scrape of the ugly fish decals on the door and etch the original design. Is there any way at all that I can get you to post or send me a closer pic of the glass in the doors? And possibly the large door on the left which on my cabinet has been turned into two doors. I also found an antique dealer in Arkansas called keep it country antiques and they had the most info on the cabinet of anyone I tried to speak to. Enjoy your cabinet I love mine!

ICQB said...

Hi tnkile!

Sounds like you have your work cut out for you! I would be happy to post the pictures you'd like to see. As soon as I can take them, I'll put them in a new post. The day I took these pictures was nice and sunny and the lighting was really nice, unfortunately today is overcast and snowing, as the next few days are supposed to be, so I'll probably have to use a flash. Hope to get the pics up soon. I'll post a link here when they're up.

ICQB said...

The post is up!

Hi tnkile,

Here is a link to the post with the pictures in it. Let me know if you need better, or more, pictures.