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Antique Hoosier Cabinets

Updated on August 5, 2013

Antique Hoosier Cabinets Find A Place In The Modern Kitchen

Not only do antique Hoosier cabinets lend charm to the modern kitchen, they are still incredibly practical. My 'Hoosier' was purchased by my great-grandmother. It eventually made its way into my grandma's kitchen. As a little girl, I remember getting such a thrill out of lifting up the fancy roll top to see what was hidden inside. I had mastered the art of opening regular cabinet drawers and as a youngster, the roll top presented an greater challenge. It spent many years full of canned goods and snacks and catfood in my mother's kitchen until it was recently gifted to me. It was not really until then that I was able to examine all of its features and there are plenty. Each feature of an antique Hoosier Cabinet serves a purpose. The everyday purpose of the Hoosier cabinets has changed to suit a wider range of kitchen storage needs, but the old-fashioned charm remains. Hoosier cabinets compliment any kitchen and usually have the added bonus of conjuring up scents and memories of grandma's apple pie.

1921 Original Print Hoosier Cabinet Ad
1921 Original Print Hoosier Cabinet Ad

Antique Hoosier Cabinets

A Brief History of the Hoosier Cabinet

These Hoosier cabinets originally found their way into our kitchens as early as the late 1800's but became increasingly popular between 1900 and 1940. They served a very practical purpose during a time when many kitchens weren't equipped with the cupboard and counter space that we have now. A Hoosier cabinet was a baker's dream. They came equipped with flour sifters, room for spices and baking needs and often even had baking measurement charts affixed on the inner cupboard doors. The roll out porcelain table provided the perfect work space and the cupboards up above were often full of baking supplies. Most have a metal lined drawer for storing bread products and plenty of extra drawers and cupboard space for aprons, cutlery or pots and pans. Although, their features and look modified somewhat throughout the decades, they remain distinctive. The antique Hoosier cabinet is gaining interest and finding its way into more modern kitchens. Quality new replicas of the Hoosier are increasingly available now and are being produced by quality furniture makers.

Antique Hoosier Cabinet Ad Prints - Great For Framing

These prints will look great framed in the kitchen as a compliment to any Hoosier cabinet. I can imagine how excited my great grandmother was, pouring over these ads in anticipation of getting her first Hoosier.

The Modern Hoosier Cabinet Retains Its Traditional Charm

New Hoosier cabinets have evolved as well but are still incredibly reminiscent of the old style. The new cabinets will begin a tradition of being passed down as well. Hoosiers have stood the test of time and are still being produced today for a whole new generation of fans.

Hoosier Cabinet - Mahogany Stain
Hoosier Cabinet - Mahogany Stain

This solid northern pine Hoosier cabinet was made in Pennsylvania by Amish craftsmen. It blends in fabulously with a wide range of kitchen decor styles. The sturdy workmanship ensures that it will be enjoyed for generations to come.


The Baking Ingredients Measurement Chart On the Inside Door of My Hoosier Cabinet

The Baking Ingredients Measurement Chart On the Inside Door of My Hoosier Cabinet
The Baking Ingredients Measurement Chart On the Inside Door of My Hoosier Cabinet

Keeping Your Antique Hoosier Cabinet Looking Like New - Hoosier Hinges, Handles And Hardware

You may have acquired an antique Hoosier that needs some tender loving care. After all, they are old. Hoosier cabinet hinges and much of the other hardware may need to be replaced in order to keep it a showcase with a special spot in your kitchen. When you come across a great deal for an old Hoosier cabinet at the flea market, don't let the prospect of finding parts scare you away from the purchase. Wood can be refinished and hardware can be purchased to replace worn or broken pieces.

Hoosier Cabinet Latches

The antique Hoosier cabinet latches that are on the cupboard doors are also pieces of hardware that get a lot of use and might need replacing over time.

Solid Brass 3/8" Offset Left Hand Hoosier Latch In Antique-By-Hand Finish
Solid Brass 3/8" Offset Left Hand Hoosier Latch In Antique-By-Hand Finish

Hoosier cabinet latches are not popular pieces of hardware and not stocked everywhere. These latches are authentic reproductions of the original style. With an antiqued finish, they are made of durable solid brass.

Photo by Theresa Thompson via Flickr
Photo by Theresa Thompson via Flickr

Hoosier Cabinets Are Fun To Decorate

Hoosiers Look Good In Any Room Of The House

If your antique Hoosier cabinet is not needed for storage in the kitchen, it can find practical use in many other rooms or nooks in your home. They are ideal for bathroom storage and can easily accommodate towels and toiletries.

Home offices will find many storage uses with the Hoosier cabinet. There is even a writing or computer desk built right in. The cabinet is perfect for sewing or craft supplies.

In the family room, the antique hoosier can be used for game, book and dvd storage. Pet toys can be easily stored below.

Your imagination is the limit when it comes to finding practical and stylish uses for your antique cabinet.

Learn More About Your Antique Hoosier Cabinet - Hoosier Cabinet Books

Having a Hoosier cabinet is a good excuse to learn all about it. It always gives you appreciation for other antique Hoosier cabinets. Here is a selection of books with great pictures and history of this piece of furniture that has played such a big part in our homes for over one hundred years.

A Collection of Glassware Typically Found In Original Antique Hoosier Cabinets

A Collection of Glassware Typically Found In Original Antique Hoosier Cabinets
A Collection of Glassware Typically Found In Original Antique Hoosier Cabinets

Antique Hoosier Cabinets For Sale on Ebay

If you don't know where to find an authentic antique 'Hoosier' then look no further than E-bay. They are available from a range of antique dealers. The hardware is on ebay as well, so if you get a great deal on a model that needs a little tender loving care it shouldn't be a problem.

Personal Experience With Antique Hoosier Cabinet

Photo by Terra Ambridge via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Terra Ambridge via Wikimedia Commons

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    • Niagara Ghosts profile imageAUTHOR

      Niagara Ghosts 

      4 years ago

      @Grammy06: I'm not sure as I have a Canadian made hoosier but you may want to check they carry quite a bit of old restoration hardware etc.

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      4 years ago

      Do you have any idea where I might find the door charts for a Showers Hoosier? Mine are missing. I can find reproduction charts for other Hoosiers, but not for mine. I've read that the Showers Brothers Furniture Company was very big in Indiana until 1950.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Enjoyed this lens! I have a replica cabinet but own some real jars that I just love!

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      5 years ago

      I think they look great never seen one before the uk but would love in my house! Thing all the the compartments would be so useful!

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      5 years ago

      My grandmother had one of these in her kitchen. I never knew they had a name. That is funny because she lived in Missouri while I lived in Indiana.

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      5 years ago

      They are so nice. Antiques are so beautiful and valuable. I like this lens. nicely arrange

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      5 years ago from New York

      How wonderful to have a Hoosier cabinet that is also a family heirloom! They are amazingly useful and have a great practical solid look that I love.

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      5 years ago

      who's your daddy? "sorry i don 't deal in antiques".. is what i tell garage sale people when i wanna buy it at a better price.. ha.. nice cabinet.. i need one for my workshop..thats where i hide the booze

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the love on Hoosier cabinets, I use mine every day as it's the only workspace I have.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I wish I had room for a Hoosier Cabinet. My mom had a white one and I remember learning to make biscuits on it! It had a flour sifter on one side. I also had one for many years. My aunt still has one. :)

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      jcalbon lm 

      5 years ago

      My mom had an antique hoosier that she bought when she and my dad got married--it was such a cool (and functional!) piece of furniture. Alas, she sold it before a move many, many years ago...

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      5 years ago

      These Antique Hoosier Cabinets are really nice.

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      Muebles de host 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for this good lens

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      5 years ago

      This would be perfect in a country kitchen.

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      5 years ago

      I remember my mom's hoosier . it was 1940 era with a pull out work area and a flour sift. and that chair with the flip step, sure brings back memories

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      5 years ago

      Very cool. A friend of mine has her grandmother's hoosier, too, and she's been wondering what to do with it. This article helps a lot. Thanks.


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