A unique haberdashery wall-unit from a shoe and clothing shop on the Salt River circle in Cape Town that closed recently.
Like with so many of the shopfitting units of the time it was made with a variety of wood types and considerable cabinet making skills. The frame is Oregon and meranti and the drawer fronts looks like cherry wood veneer. Each drawer front has a lozenge shaped glass front and steel handles.
The unit has four large storage compartments beneath the drawers.
Condition: Good, refurbished with some wear that is in line with it's vintage.
Dimensions: 51 x 184 x 192 cm (h)
Says the last owner of this cabinet and some others you can see here and here:
"My grandfather was Louis Jacobs. He spoke very little English, was of Lithuanian descent. A shoemaker by trade. My father did his trade in the clothing industry as a machinist of sorts. He later joined his father and started selling factory rejects in 1961. The first factory shop in Cape Town! The business was renamed in 1962 to The Reject King and became an icon in the 60's through to the 2000's. The first memory of the cabinets in our shop was in 1948. My father bought them from auctions and liquidation sales."