1920s haberdashery drawers

1920s habberdashery drawersA recent addition to our home.  These haberdashery drawers are made of maple, and were made for McDowells Department Store in Sydney in the 1920s.  McDowells was in George Street, near the General Post Office. I’ve researched the piece, and while the maple was imported from England, it was constructed in Sydney.

There are thirty-two drawers, each divided into 25 compartments with which I am well acquainted, having cut 3″ x 3″ [75mm x75mm] felt squares to line each one. That’s 800 felt squares, people!

The drawers now house all manner of stuffs – plus all my vintage haberdashery items, which is only fitting.  The top is home to an ever changing array of vintage pieces : seen here [from l to r]: brass kookaburra book ends [1920s]; salt fired platter [1980s]; industrial filter flask [1960s] and pottery dog [1990s.] Ok, that last one is retro, not vintage.