A cabinet full of charm

Vintage mirrored painted wooden cabinet painted with "G & J Weaver, House Furnishers, Warrington" | H is for Home

We picked up this charming little wall cabinet this week. It’s constructed of wood with a mirrored front advertising G & J. Weaver, House Furnishers, Warrington.

Detail of a mirror-fronted cabinet painted with "G & J Weaver, House Furnishers, Warrington" | H is for Home

Doing a little data mining on the internet, we found mention of “G. & J. Weaver, cabinet makers” located at 86 Bridge Street – sandwiched between a pork butcher and a confectioner. They also had another premises at 2 Arpley Road which it appears they shared with a beer retailer, tallow chandler, wire mattress manufacturers, wheelwright, brass founder and a printer. England really was a nation of shopkeepers!

George (the ‘G’ in the partnership) is recorded as having lived at 208 Wilderspool Road and James at Manor House, 96 School Brow.

We find social history like this fascinating. What started as a quick, 2-minute search for a company name ended up in an hour-long browse at street maps, census records and old photos.

Vintage mirror-fronted cabinet with vintage first aid kit accessories inside | H is for Home

Back to the cabinet. It probably dates from the early 20th century. It’s had various layers of paint applied over the years – we can identify red, green, white and mustard shades. We love the current combination of mustard exterior and red interior.

Vintage mirror-fronted cabinet with vintage sewing accessories inside | H is for Home

The immediate use that springs to mind is a bathroom medical cabinet perhaps, as it’s a classic size & shape for one – and has the mirror. However, it’s a very flexible piece. It would make a lovely little craft room cupboard – or kitchen spice storage area to name but two.

Vintage mirror-fronted cabinet with spice bottles inside | H is for Home

We love the shabby chic, vintage industrial look and simple practicality of it. If you do too, it’s available now in our online shop.

Charity Vintage: Fleetway kitchen cupboard

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Vintage Fleetway kitchen cupboard for sale on eBay for Charity by & supporting Emmaus Oxford | H is for Home(ends 18 Mar, 2015 11:09:37 GMT)

This week, we’re featuring a vintage Fleetway cupboard. It’s a really versatile, practical piece of furniture – perfect for kitchen storage. It’s in good condition and could be improved by being waxed or given a sanding down and a coat or two of paint.

The cupboard is solid wood with a white enamel top and is for sale, ‘buyer to collect’ by Emmaus Oxford*. It has a starting bid of only £30.

*Emmaus Oxford is a self-supporting community that tackles the problems of “homelessness” by offering people a home, work, and a sense of belonging. Companions, as residents are called, regain dignity, build self-esteem and learn skills through living together and working on the Community’s recycling business and charitable work

Charity Vintage: Kitchen cupboard

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vintage kitchen cupboard for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of North Devon Hospice(ends 26 Jun, 2014 21:02:18 BST)

Our kitchen is, for the most part, free-standing. We have a couple of overhead, wall mounted cupboards and the sink unit is housed in a fitted unit with doors beneath. Other than that, we have open shelves, a couple of butcher’s blocks, food safe and a 1950s kitchenette.

This vintage, free-standing kitchen cupboard with enamel top is being sold by & in support of North Devon Hospice*. It’s just the kind of thing we’d have in our house. A pair of drawers for storing the cutlery and below double doors to shelves for plates. It needs a little cosmetic work – a good clean and new paper or oil cloth lining for the drawers and shelves. The opening bid is £75 and the buyer must collect.

*North Devon Hospice aims to be the centre of excellence for the provision of palliative care for the people of North Devon and to be the main point of contact for health care professionals requiring support with complex problems in palliative care.