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
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.
Got questions? Get answers over the phone at Keen.com.
Up to 100 minutes free!