Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spool Cabinets

I would love this stack of spool cabinets in my home.

So far...none have come home with me.

I like the variety in finishes and sizes.

The four stacked together come to about 4'-5' of shallow drawer storage.

Perfect for applique blocks, projects and all kinds of treasures.

If you'd like a beautiful furniture quality reproduction from Richard Hyers (Vendor at AQSG 2011) click HERE
His spool caddies are spectacular too!







This is a vintage ribbon cabinet.
The top portion shows ribbons on display as they would have been at the Milliners Shop.

The other shelves show how it could be re-purposed for wine.

Love the idea to use it at home for wine!

Each shelf opens on three sides for easy access.









You can see a wonderful variety of spool cabinets HERE, and for some history read HERE.
Do you have a spool cabinet?  If so, do you store spools in it?

Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. I was lucky enough to buy a two drawer one about 20 years ago at a flea market. It was in good condition and a great price at the time. Right now I keep old photos in it.

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  2. No, I don't have one - but oh I would love to!!! If I did, I'd probably use it to store sewing supplies/fabric/wips. Hope you get one some day!!

    Have a great day!!

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  3. i enjoyed using the links and taking a look. the second link in particular has a mind boggling array of beautiful cabinets. i've dreamed of having one but have yet to run across one. i would probably store a variety of sewing items within it's spaces . . .

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  4. I own nothing of the sort, but would love to! I'm sure I could fill it, I'm just not sure what I would use to do so. : )

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  5. Well, you know about me! lol! And it's all your fault btw! Richard does such great work! Love spool cabinets!

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  6. Thanks for the links! I do have 2 one is a small table top and the other we have had for about 25 years. We bought it in Winterset, Iowa from a man that collects,buys and sells spool cabinets. I was thrilled to find the worth on the link you posted. Mine is a antique advertising spool cabinet JP Coats victorian #1077 on their list. Oh my, I could hardy beleive what it's listed worth is today! We paid about $400!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information!

    Carolyn

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  7. I don't have a spool cabinet. I drool over them when I see them in antique shops. Prices have gone pretty high on them since I first got interested in them. Several years ago, I found a large one in the Houston area and for a decent price. But not way to get it home at that time.

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  8. I do have a spool cabinet. A 4 drawer Clark's ONT. It has the orginal knobs and decal on the back. Even the leather on top is the original. I bought it from a friend who did not have room for it any more. I got a heck of a deal. Who ever had it before her took extremely good care of it. I lined all the drawers and top with green felt. Under the lid I store all my gingher designer scissors and other's as well. I can prop it open for when I have my stitching friends come over and they can ooh and ahh over them. In the other drawers I keep my bone rings, some needle packets and other small items that I don't have in my curio cabinet. (It is full and I need to get another one.) I also have a metal "Star" spool cabinet. The history on it was that it came from a little store in New Mexico. I got this off of ebay for a great price as well. No rust and not even bent. I have lined the drawers as well and I keep my YLI silk 100wt. thread and my other threads in there as well.
    I am always on the hunt for spool cabinets and such. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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  9. Oh how I love spool chests. I hope to pick one up this summer at the local antique fair we attend each year. I would love to have a whole stack of them as shown in this wonderful photo too! Ah....maybe some day :)

    Thanks also for sharing the link with us!

    Blessings,
    Sue

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  10. Very interesting. I have a small 4 drawer metal spool cabinet with the words "Star Twist" on the front top and Star Twist emblems on each outer side. I use it as a jewelry box in my bedroom and just love it!

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  11. You must have some wonderful antique shops near you! The things you find are always beautiful.

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  12. Love my spool cabinets. I have two that are stacked. One is an antique, the other a reproduction. I have all of my 1" fabric strips for my jewelry in them - each drawer holds a different color. The cabinets in your post are wonderful - wouldn't it be fun to have them all? If only I would win that lottery!

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  13. I would love to own a spool cabinet. They are always way beyond my price range. Interesting post - I had fun visiting the links. Have a great weekend!

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  14. Everything looks great when it is stacked, I love the cabinets, I don't have one.

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  15. Wonderful spool cabinets! I too would love to have one...or two, or a stack :)

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  16. I can't help wondering what I use today that may be admired and valued by future generations. Thanks for yet another interesting post.

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  17. Oh, wouldn't it be fun to have one (or two or three) to store thing in *s*

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  18. O my they are awesome and I'd love to have some too. Looked at some before in antique shops but never bought. Maybe someday :-)

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  19. You won't believe this, but I bought one today for $30.00!!! It was used in a Guy's cellar for 65-70 yrs to hold tools, screws, nails, etc. The cabinet is in excellent condition, it's a desk that lifts up, has a crystal ink well and pencil holder, has the big decal on the back. Only thing wrong is it has paint and glue on the front, right on the decals!! I am having it restored. I love it!!

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