J. H. Rosberg Mfg. Co. - Chicago #2: Day 2 - I'm reposting photos of my Dad's workbench to my Blog

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Blog entry by Nancster posted 07-24-2013 05:24 PM 3131 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are photos of my Dad’s beloved bench. He spent quite a few hours sitting at this bench repairing old clocks, cleaning watches, etc. I remember a time when he was repairing four or five cuckoo clocks. What a noise they all made! However, Mom wasn’t exactly happy with all the noise, but we kids loved watching the wooden birds pop out. As I said in my profile, I’m not a woodworker, but would like to access the knowledge here about how to refinish vintage wooden photo frames, stains to use/not use, how to sand, etc. I mainly work with my kiln, melting glass, into art work and also creating jewelry (PMC and Metalsmithing). In some cases, regarding the glass art, I want to frame it. I really don’t care for the current wooden frames that are for sale in all the Hobby Shops. I search garage sales, resale shops, etc. in search of vintage frames. I was quite nosy yesterday and really enjoyed all the artwork I saw here on this site. WOW! The art you all create is unbelievable. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


-- "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 01:53 PM

What a wonderful old desk.

It must have been made by a furniture co. but it’s an interesting design, very specific, as if it were designed by a watch maker.

With the floor like that, I’ll bet there was a stool that stored in this space. A regular chair wouldn’t really work.

Are you going to refinish it? I wonder if you could find a stool that matches?

My wife likes to make jewelry too.

Nice to meet you Nanster. Welcome to LJs.

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 02:01 PM

Thank you! I’m excited to be a member of the group.
Yes, it was made by J. H. Rosberg Mfg. Co. of Chicago. I’ve contacted the Chicago Public Library’s Reference Line – they are looking up the name. Hopefully, they will have some information for me. And yes, Dad was a watchmaker/repairman. I believe he bought it at an auction. I’m not going to refinish it, I want it as I remember it.

-- "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 02:10 PM

thats a beauty!

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