Berkshire Knitting Mills Cabinet Mystery

Last week I received an email from a Tara Colton saying she acquired a large cabinet that has “Property of the Berkshire Knitting Mills” stamped on the bottom of it. She is hoping to find out a little more about the cabinet and what it was used for at the knitting mill.

Photo courtesy of Tara Colton
Photo courtesy of Tara Colton

She is currently in the process of refinishing the piece. Her email said that the cabinet is very interestingly built, with numbers stamped inside the supports for each drawer as well as generally superb craftsmanship.

Photo courtesy of Tara Colton
Photo courtesy of Tara Colton

If you know anything about this piece, drop a comment or shoot us an email at [email protected] so we can solve this mystery.

Photo courtesy of Tara Colton

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5 Replies to “Berkshire Knitting Mills Cabinet Mystery”

  1. The shape of the dividers in the drawers is interesting as if they were used to store something special, and that would be my guess. Used in the very early days of Berkshire Knitting before metal cabinets came into vogue. This piece would definitely be featured on Antique Roadshow if you can find one operating in the area. Also, there are dozens of web sites that are devoted to identify antiques and collectibles. Lovely piece! I wish I had it!

      1. Hello! Thanks for your insight! I couldn’t decide if the drawers were used for separate things or if they held rolls of something across the valleys in the dividers Such a mystery!

    1. I will for sure! I am still in the sanding process. It’s proving slow as there are layers and layers of stains and shellac from over the years. It had some water damage at some point but nothing major

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