The Hoosier on the left is one I have owned since 1975. It does not have a sifter inside--apparently someone removed it when sifting your own flour went out of style. It does have the top bread drawer, and used to have a lid on that drawer but when I got it I tossed the lid--dumb move because of course today that would add to its value. The front has a roll-top-desk like closure called a tambour that works quite well. We don't use it because of the microwave but it can be rolled down to hide this section from view. It has a wire shelf/rack inside the bottom large door, and someone said they thought that was for cooling bread after baking. It was white when I bought it, a terrible paint job. I painted it brown and "antiqued" it in the 70's style of doing that, to make it look like wood. It looked terrible but better than the flat white latex on it when I bought it. In the 80's I painted it cream and green, stenciled ivy on the doors and replaced the drawer handles with porcelain knobs. When I first bought this cabinet it was my "work" cabinet. I used it to store food and pans and pretty much everything. I used the porcelain top a lot too, and chipped it when I clamped on my apple peelers and grinders and other such tools. And if you have a porcelain top table or cabinet with chips, I'd bet that's what happened to yours too. Today I use the cabinet for storing my kitchen linens, wineglasses, silver, plastic containers--and it holds the microwave. I don't use it like I used to since I bought the big pantry cabinet, but it is still used daily, and it's part of our home.
The one I bought yesterday looks similar to mine, but it needs painting, some hinges for the top cabinet doors, and I'd like to replace the drawer handles with crystal or porcelain knobs. It has a cutting board that stores in a little slide-in place under the wire rack in the base cabinet, and it has the bread drawer with lid--and it has the sifter! I can't show photos of it in its "before" state right now because Larry has it taken apart and is already scraping the loose paint. I promise to show some as soon as I can, and definitely before we paint it.
It was certainly worth the trip, and we met a nice guy who also buys and sells antiques. We came away with a few other things he had for sale, and I heard some great ghost stories from him as well as some funny tales which I need to get written down. I think we'll be back to visit Mr. Adkins sometime, just to talk and listen to his stories. It's one of the advantages I've found in this reselling business: we meet some mighty interesting people and hear stories everywhere we go.
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