What is this cabinet (as seen on CL!)

Fori is not pleasedMay 24, 2012

This cabinet is advertised on craigslist in my area and I do not need it but it is strangely attractive to me. Why??? What IS it? Is it a kitchen cabinet of some sort? Like a less practical Hoosier type? Is it just a china hutch?

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palimpsest

To me it looks like a 1960s colonial revival hutch that was based upon the Ethan Allen Room Plan furniture of the same period. Room Plan was sort of modular and you could combine pieces in all sorts of ways.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 8:57PM
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lindac

I don't think it's as early at the 60's....

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 9:20PM
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Fori is not pleased

But it's so homely! haha. It's just so weird. It is labeled "Empire", whoever that was. Maybe it's because I'm short, but those high drawers strike me as ridiculous.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:14PM
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jemdandy

It's a "kitchen cabinet". It was a common fixture in small rural farm houses. Its design ranged from "nice furniture" to something made out of scrap shipping crates. One of these sat in our kitchen in the early 1940s. After WW2, wall hung, metal cabinets became popular and replaced the storage of the old cabinets. Many kitchsns in our area sported these new wall cabinets with a matching table below with counter top. The old kitchen cabinet was moved to the back porch where it served a to store less glamorous, but essential farmstead items.

A flurry of 3-bedroom ranch style homes began following WW2 and these featured built-in cabinets leading to the style of today's kitchen. The old kitchen cabinet was no longer wanted. A similar item in the form of a china cabinet and hutch may be found in dining spaces.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 11:42PM
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Fori is not pleased

Hmmm it does look a little faux-antiqued. So I'll go with reproduction kitchen cabinet meant for the living room?

I'm not going in for a closer look!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 3:33PM
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lindac

I'll call it a "leaverite"....as in Leave 'er Right There...
Probably a media cabinet...8 tracks in the drawers, turntable and tape deck behind the doors.
Not a kitchen cabinet.....

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 5:54PM
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