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Forum topic by Jim Ganley posted 987 days ago 1093 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Ganley

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987 days ago

Can some one tell me what this is called and I hope it is in the right area.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 987 days ago

I am really not sure. I stopped to look to see if I might know what after reading the title. I wish you had cleaned the mirror a bit before you took the pic so I could see you better. ha Do you think it is a small buffet? I have a larger one with a mirror on the back but the mirror is only about a foot or so tall.

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#2 posted 987 days ago

What’s that structure on the right? An old phone booth?

Some sort of kiosk from a hotel lobby perhaps?

Back in the days when you maybe had to both shout into the
microphone and listen very carefully to the earpiece, perhaps
phone calls in noisier public areas required some a special
area.

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#3 posted 987 days ago

First you need to get an age on it. Are the screws pointed or flat tipped? Are the nails rose-head or cut? Are the dovetails machine cut? Is the hardware pressed or forged? What kind of glass? Once you get the age and the style you can find out what it is.
My guess.

To me I would guess it was a combination piece. Th left side looks to be a lady’s dressing table. If the the right side had shelves I would say for perfumes and powders. If it didn’t have shelve then for hanging clothes.
My Pawpaw would say a fancy Shifarobe.

I could see it as Grandpa says maybe a buffet..

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kizerpea

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#4 posted 987 days ago

looks like a 1910 time traveling machine…...well thats a guess..with a little humor

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 987 days ago

It is an old dresser with hanging clothes storage.

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#6 posted 987 days ago

It’s all the glass in the tall cabinet that has me tripped out. Those
curved frames are something else. Is the front a swinging door?

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mtenterprises

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#7 posted 987 days ago

I have something similar but it is a writing desk, flip open front and sit on a chair and write. This has the glass showcase/book shelf but the desk side is more like a stand up desk, it has keyholes like a desk would have had. Could be the kind of piece one would have in an entry hall. Be very careful of that curved glass it my be irreplaceable because the radias may not fit todays standards available. My guess it’s in for repairs, lots of loose glue joints? Mine is turn of the last century and put together with hide glue. Hope that helps a bit.
MIKE

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#8 posted 987 days ago

Nowadays, these are commonly referred to by antiques dealers and auctioneers as ‘chifforobes’ or “Side-by-sides” and they are indeed dual purpose units. Please look at the back of it, it may have a label that that says”Larkin, Buffalo New York” If it does, you’ve got a real treasure there! Or, consult any of the Larkin furniture collector websites. This item probably was made between 1905-1925 when this style was in vogue. I want it! Larkin was an eminent soap manufacturer, and if you saved the coupons from the packages, you could redeem them for furniture or household items from the Larkin catalog. Many homes were furnished in the Depression from Larkin coupons. Awesome. I have Larkin catalogs on CD, when time permits, I’ll browse for more info for yo.

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#9 posted 986 days ago

“I have something similar but it is a writing desk, flip open front and sit on a chair and write. This has the glass showcase/book shelf but the desk side is more like a stand up desk, it has keyholes like a desk would have had. Could be the kind of piece one would have in an entry hall.” ......................................................I rebuilt and refinished one much like that about 1970 we called it a “Secretary”

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canadianchips

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#10 posted 986 days ago

PoopieKat is close. It is a side-by-side curio cabinet. The drawers were used for linens and cutlery, the curio was used to display “special pieces” Here is a picture of a restored one. Yours is older version.

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#11 posted 986 days ago

canadianchips:* Yup, I see the right side of the unit had shelves, and indeed you could buy these units with a solid panel instead of a glass door, these were wardrobe units if without the glass door. The word 'chiiffarobe' was a malapropism for chiffonier/wardrobe, when the two units were married together by designers and marketed as multi-purpose. Why buy two pieces of furniture when one would do the work of two? * jim Ganley: Please look for a label or maker’s name on the back!!

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#12 posted 986 days ago

A vintage high class portaloo?

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#13 posted 985 days ago

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Here is the link to other photos, there is no dove tails only miter joints and tounge and groove.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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