10 drawer Oak file cabinet

10 drawer Oak file cabinet

Post by Grabrick, George M » Fri, 23 Jun 2000 04:00:00



I am trying to find out some information about a file cabinet
that I picked up at an estate auction.  On the front of the file
cabinet is a small label that was nailed in place that says
"Yawman & Erbe Mfg, Co. / Rochester, NY".  It is an interesting
piece for several reasons.  First of all it is made out of some
beautiful quarter sawn oak.  Secondly, it is modular.  Thirdly,
it is all solid wood.  Also, the finish on the wood is in pretty
good condition.

Let me explain how it is modular.  This file cabinet has 7
pieces.  There is a base plate (for lack of a better term), 5
two-drawer sections, and a top piece.  When I first saw it I
thought it was a single unit, but while looking at it more
closely, I found it was not.

The hardware on the piece is brass and was quite tarnished, but
is cleaning up nicely (soaking it in white viniger).  I have
found patent dates stamped on a couple of the pieces (the latest
one was Dec 30, 1902).

I have not had any luck finding information on this mfg co while
searching the web, or in any of the books I looked in at Barnes
and Noble.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

TIA,

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10 drawer Oak file cabinet

Post by Pete » Fri, 23 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Interesting.  I have a desk and chair with a brass lock with the same
manufacturer, but from San Francisco.  In my research , the only references
to Yawman and Erbe is as a manufacturer of optics (microscopes, camera
lenses, etc.).

I'd be curious to hear what you find out.

Peter



Quote:
> I am trying to find out some information about a file cabinet
> that I picked up at an estate auction.  On the front of the file
> cabinet is a small label that was nailed in place that says
> "Yawman & Erbe Mfg, Co. / Rochester, NY".  It is an interesting
> piece for several reasons.  First of all it is made out of some
> beautiful quarter sawn oak.  Secondly, it is modular.  Thirdly,
> it is all solid wood.  Also, the finish on the wood is in pretty
> good condition.

> Let me explain how it is modular.  This file cabinet has 7
> pieces.  There is a base plate (for lack of a better term), 5
> two-drawer sections, and a top piece.  When I first saw it I
> thought it was a single unit, but while looking at it more
> closely, I found it was not.

> The hardware on the piece is brass and was quite tarnished, but
> is cleaning up nicely (soaking it in white viniger).  I have
> found patent dates stamped on a couple of the pieces (the latest
> one was Dec 30, 1902).

> I have not had any luck finding information on this mfg co while
> searching the web, or in any of the books I looked in at Barnes
> and Noble.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

> TIA,

> Got questions?  Get answers over the phone at Keen.com.
> Up to 100 minutes free!
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10 drawer Oak file cabinet

Post by Grabrick, George M » Sat, 24 Jun 2000 04:00:00


I was at my local library today and the only reference to Y&E was
listed as having been in Chicago, Ill.  The plot thickens, and I
still have no more information.  I sent an email to the city
historian from Rochester, NY to see if they would be able to give
me any information on the company, I will keep you posted.

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Post by Grabrick, George M » Wed, 28 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Here is the response that I received from the city historian.
Quite a bit of information.

Dear Mr. Grabrick,
    The Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Co., located at 1099 Jay
Street, was
founded on May 1, 1880 when Philip Yawman & Gustav Erbe set up
the
business
that was to mark the end of the old roll-top desk.  It was
incorporated in
1898; acquired by Sterling Precision Corp. in 1955; sold to Tomar
Industries
Inc., 1969; went bankrupt in 1972.  Y&E supplied office equipment
&
furniture to many of the nation's largest companies.

    Please feel free to contact our office if we can be of
further
assistance.
Sincerely,
Carol Fede, Secretary
Office of the City Historian

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Post by Dori » Wed, 28 Jun 2000 04:00:00


George,  How did you find an address for
the Historian you contacted? I've sent questions to the Chamber of
Commerce
of different towns and can't seem to get any response. Perhaps they're
all on vacation.  Thanks.
    Doris

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Post by Grabrick, George M » Thu, 29 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Doris,

I just did a search at www.altavista.com on Rochester New York
and
started looking through the results.  My search turned up email
addresses for both the county and the city historians.  I picked
the city historian and sent off an email.  They responded much
quicker than I thought they would (I doubted I would get any
information).  Maybe I got lucky with the city I was searching
on.

Good luck in your searching,
George

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Post by Dori » Thu, 29 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Thanks George. I also never thought I would get a response, and I
didn't.
   Doris

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