A Baker's Cabinet has loosely been refered to as a Hoosier cabinet due to the large number sold by "The Hoosier Manufacturing Company" in the 1920's. Originally a typical baker's cabinet would consist of a table with drawers and bins for flour or meal. The upper shelf would include shelves for dishes or utensils. In the Midwest Ohio region, by the turn of the century, a few small furniture companies began to mass produce these free standing kitchen cabinets.
These company's accomodated the independent baker to store all the items needed right at their fingertips. Built in flour bins with sifters attached, sugar containers, and spice jars were helpful. Large bottom cabinets provided storage for utensils and pans.
A work table top attached to the cabinet provided space to roll out the dough and prepare the breads and pastries. Various materials, including wood, zinc, and alluminum, have been used for the workstation tops, the most popular and healthiest was porcelain. Through the use of a bracket to lift the upper cabinet above the lower, the work table could extend out for a larger working space.
Roll doors were used as sanitary means and ant proof casters placed at the 4 feet kept the pests from crawling up into the cabinet. Boone Cabinets were designed by 369 women.
Now a widely popular antique, the Baker's Cabinet continues to provide many uses today. View below a selection of cabinets at our warehouse. These cabinets sell quickly and are hard to keep in stock. Some are in as found condition with most being completly refinished. (WE HAVE QUITE A FEW ADDITIONAL HOOSIER CABINETS NOT PICTURED, AWAITING REFINISHING)! Please call ahead for availability!
Have specific questions in regards to a bakers cabinet or hoosier? Please ask. We have various industry contacts that can help to answer makers questions or enlighten you as to what cabinet or accessory you actually have.
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***We have 7 new Hoosiers in stock, 3 original, 4 refinished. Numerious other Hoosiers in storage that will be refinished during the 2013 season!
Zs Antiques 161 Tolland Stage Rd Tolland CT 06084
860-871-8842 or Store 860-872-7735