An original 20th century Tool Box / Trunk which I have up cycled into an an RAF 431 E.D. HAMBURG Chest / Coffee Table – a very useful piece of industrial style furniture.
Every piece we make is a one-off, ages old, unique piece of furniture.
We believe in re-cycling and re-using rather than dumping in landfill and constantly buying new.
We hunt down the best mix of eclectic pieces we can find that can be reworked and re-loved again.
As each one is scrubbed and cleaned we assess the best way to put it back together to make it exciting and useful – before being repaired, hand painted, waxed and buffed within an inch of its life.
The result is a cross between warehouse style industrial furniture and advertising from the early 20th century – you do get the feeling that you’ve stumbled upon something from an old movie set.
Whilst every one is different they all share the same raw simplicity of design. None are perfect, they all carry dents, scratches and repairs picked up over a long lifetime – but these help give them their own unique characters. If you are after ‘new’, this isn’t for you.
But if you are after something unique, Made in Sevenoaks and pretty darn funky, then this has your name written all over it.
Talking of which if you do want your name written all over it, or perhaps you are after something in particular just get in touch and we will do our best to help. These would really lend themselves to retail display, props or wedding hire.
Details of this particular chest
The top has ‘HAMBURG 1951’ on it.
The front has ‘R.A.F. 431 E.D. ALTONA’ painted on.
Size is approximately 46cm – 18 inches high, 81cm – 32 inches wide and 36cm – 14 inches deep.
The black steel hairpin legs are 20cm or 8 inches tall
The lid is lined with an old RAF guide to the Reeperbahn. This is hand typed on 4 sheets with some very interesting advice regarding the establishments. Some of which are not very PC and unsuitable for children, but absolutely fascinating and a great conversation piece. See pics for a flavour
Annie Sloan Graphite has been used to paint the chest and finished with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.
The inside is painted black
There are several holes, dints, dents and scratches as you would expect from a piece this age. For the best description please see the pics.
There is a latch to the front and a steel handle to each end.
The lid is held open by way of two slide mechanisms.
Please treat your piece carefully, like a fine piece of furniture – use coasters for cups and hot drinks, otherwise you are likely to mark the waxed surface.
*Please note – if we are posting this to you, we may unscrew the legs and place them inside the trunk for ease and safety of packaging.
The bolts and legs can easily be attached again using a cross head /phillips screwdriver.
No overseas postage at the moment I’m afraid as the chest is heavy and bulky and the freight costs would be prohibitive