By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned
This cabinet started with the doors which were removed from the vault of the Scranton Lace Factory in Scranton, PA. The lace factory opened its’ doors in 1897 and is over 600,000 square feet. They were at one time the world’s largest producers of Nottingham Lace. The looms were brought from Nottingham England and measured nearly 3 stories tall by 50 feet wide and over 20 tons per loom.
While it began as a lace factory, production changed to meet the needs of the public throughout the years. During WWII, like most American companies, they made whatever our country needed; from mosquito netting to parachutes. In its’ height of operation, there were over 1400 employees. While business boomed through the 1900’s, mechanized production replaced manual labor and the factory was forced to close its’ doors in 2002. It has been abandoned since that time. The building and its’ history are not only a part of the history of Scranton, but a part of American history. Few, if any, factories such as the Scranton Lace Factory are still in operation in our country today.
The doors of this cabinet were the secondary vault doors at the factory. The locks were made by Yale, which was founded in 1840 and by 1850 was considered the industry expert in locksmithing. The company remained family owned until 2000 and also remained the industry’s most recognized and respected locksmiths. From those two doors came the idea to create a gun cabinet around them. After designing the cabinet on paper, Hart Mechanical of Perkasie, PA was brought on to customize the steel body for the cabinet as well as the brass Colt logo. The logo is attached with brass rivets, just as it would have been in the late 1800’s. The hinges are turn of the century reclaimed from Bucks County Pa which were cut to follow the design of the cabinet.
After sandblasting the old paint from the doors, the entire cabinet and doors were painted Henry Ford’s famous “China” black. The colors of the cabinet kept suit with the simplicity of the time period and were duplicated from the original color of the doors. The gold pin-striping and design work were done by custom pinstriper, DeWayne Connots of DOA Flatliners. The inside was then brought “back to life” with antique wood siding, felt and the Scranton Lace Factory logo saved from one of the crates found inside the abandoned factory.
This piece is not only completely unique in its’ design, but also unique in its’ historical value. The antique doors, locks, hinges and wood are all a part of a quickly disappearing Early America. It is my hope that you and yours for many generations to come enjoy the artistic and historical value in this piece as much as I have enjoyed creating it for you. For more information, including how you can purchase this cabinent, visit Reclaimed Relics.
Tune in to Abandoned: Scranton Lace Factory tonight at 9P