Saturday, December 12, 2009

New Cabinets, Mirrors, Custom Pieces

The first set of photos here are shots of a victorian cast iron fireplace surround I incorporated into the faceframe of a cabinet. The back of the surround is marked Geo H Tay & Co, SF. Through a google search I have discovered that George Tay left Newark NJ in 1849 for the Ca gold fields and opened George Tay & Co. stove parts & tin goods on Battery St. in SF soon after. He became a prominent SF business owner, mentioned in an 1856 roster of the SF vigilance society, also in the first publication of a telephone book in SF in 1876 and numerous other historical documents. The detail in the casting is amazing, I have included several detail shots. A very cool piece of San Francisco history. Th next photo is of a cabinet made with an old shutter as a door. I remodeled an Oakland, Ca. Craftsman Bungalow several years ago and saved the shutters that flanked the original exterior windows, now they are being repurposed as furniture! Next up, this small cabinet has legs from an antique cast iron stove. The door was made from an architectural fragment off a Santa Cruz, Ca. Victorian, I framed some old ceiling tin 4 leaf clover designs in the holes. The first mirror pictured is framed by the top half of an antique entry door, from a SF victorian. Second mirror was a custom piece, as was the small shelf piece incorporating some old fence pickets. The jelly cabinet has a green and yelloow door purchased at Alameda Antique fair, the door came from a old Lodi, Ca. farmhouse. The tall chimney cabinet has a door made from an old 4 panel Victorian door, cut in half down the middle.