And the handles and other hardware were dilapidated and broken. The owner said that the top had suffered a candle-burn and he wasnt thrilled with the repair he made, so years ago he painted the whole unit! I bought it anyway thinking someday I would get around to refinishing it. You will see the small repaired area Im referring to in any picture showing the top of the unit.
A nice décor item can easily cover that spot. During the recent Covid stay-at-home period I finally had the time to refinish this piece.
I have been restoring/refinishing other oak furniture items for 25 years and felt it was time to finally attack this project. It certainly was a challenge to strip and restore this piece, but I found it enjoyable as it began to spring back to life. He effort was worth it in order to preserve a very useful antique.
Yes, all the attached brass hardware is new, but it was carefully sourced online to be period-appropriate. If you ever shopped in an old-time hardware store, then you have seen this piece or others like it. Each of the drawers is fitted with a heavy sheet of galvanized steel necessary to hold the numerous screws and bolts that once occupied them.I sanded every sheet and painted beige the top part that you see. It will safely hold your precious items.
I have seen a few other multi-drawer oak cabinets on E-Bay before, but this one is pretty large and deep. This file cabinet was sanded 3 times using 60/150/220 grit sandpaper. I finished it with a red oak stain and 3 amber shellac coats, a finish often applied when it was first produced.
I also cleaned-up and put back the brass inventory number (33101) that the cabinet came with. Exterior: 25 ½ deep, 8 5/8 wide and 4 ¼ tall. 24 deep, 7 ½ wide and 3 ½ tall. Im Mike - Im using my wifes account to list this antique. Come see it because the pictures don't do it justice.
I'm 4 miles from Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. I'm retired so just contact me and we'll arrange a time. By the way, I was able to transport this easily in my Honda Pilot.
The item "Antique Oak 20 Drawer File Cabinet Apothecary Collections" is in sale since Wednesday, April 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Cabinets & Cupboards". The seller is "retiredmaryjo" and is located in Jackson, New Jersey.
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