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ANTIQUE UDELLS WOODENWARE COMPANY 31" LONG WOOD & CAST IRON 5 DOUBLE HOOKS
WITH 2-ROD SHELF HAT & COAT RACK/HALL TREE
I bought this at an estate auction. I believe these racks were produced for
mercantile trades industries such as train stations, stores and schools. It is
a little hard to read but it is embossed/engraved (carved or burned into the
wood) with "UDELL'S HAT & COAT RACK PAT NOV 1, 87 MF'D BY UDELL W. W. WORKS
INDIANAPOLIS" on the front and on the back "PEERLESS" (not sure if that is a
model or affiliate company?). I am not sure if this has been painted black or
came this way originally, as I've seen a couple others on the internet that
were all black like this one, so just not sure. There are a couple of cracks in
the wood and a couple drill holes. The hooks are a little loose but mounted
into the board pretty solidly and are held from rocking back and forth by the
rods that pass through them. The wood dowel rods appear are probably original
as they have the tapered ends. The iron hooks have no breaks or cracks. For
over 100 years old, I'd say this rack has held up pretty well! The board
measures 31" wide x 3 3/8" tall. Total height of each hook is 7.5". (There
are 21 pictures to look through. Selling as is. Thanks!
GREAT LATE 1800's OR EARLY 1900's PRIMATIVE AMERICANA COLLECTIBLE!
Brief Udell history: The company first started at West 28th Street and the
Canal in 1873, as the Udell Ladder and Wooden Ware Co., when Calvin Udell of
Chicago moved his manufacturing interests to Indianapolis.Udell Works Furniture
Company also made barrister bookcases, desks and other furniture.