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Nottingham Gun Cabinet

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…

Finds From the Vermont Marble Company

These pieces were created from items recovered from the Vermont Marble Company. Located in Proctor, Vermont, this prosperous company was founded in 1880 by businessman and politician Redfield Proctor. The surrounding area held valuable marble quarries that supplied the factory. As railroads made the area accessible to the rest of the nation, the Vermont Marble…

Refurbished From The Majestic

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned These lights were recovered from the roof of The Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The story of the Majestic begins in 1876, when the Avenue Hotel was built just north of where the Majestic now stands. In 1888, the Avenue was renamed The Majestic;…

Hot Rod Heaven: Chrysler Saratoga

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This Saratoga was recovered from a barn in Newtown, Connecticut.  In the 1850s, the Peck family purchased a plot of land in rural Newtown and built a thriving dairy farm. In 1932, during the worst of the Great Depression, the Pecks sold the property to…

Refurbished Ghost Town Bell

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This school bell was recovered from Johnsonville Village in East Haddam, Connecticut. Founded in the early 19th century, Johnsonville was once a thriving village inhabited by workers of the nearby Neptune Mill, a prosperous twine and rope factory. The original town included the offices of…

Paper Mill Locker: The Brody

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This locker was recovered from an abandoned paper factory in Jay, Maine. Founded in 1888 by industrialist Hugh Chisholm, the Otis Falls Pulp & Paper Company mill was the third largest paper mill in the country. It transformed the small village of Jay into an…

Restoring a Piece of Oil City History

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This magnificent flag pole once towered from the top of the Oil City National Bank. Little known today, Oil City, Pennsylvania, was once a sprawling oil boomtown. In the 1800s, when the first commercial oil well was dug up nearby, this town was where Rockefeller…

Abandoned Finds: Coke Cooler

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as featured on new-series Abandoned This Coke cooler was recovered from a cotton gin in Watkinsville, Georgia. Founded in the late 1800s, the Thomas Family Cotton Gin is representative of the famed industry of the Old South. Although the gin has been closed since the 1970s, a victim of…

Mark’s PBR Man Cave

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner of Reclaimed Relics Featured on Abandoned  Upcycled? We’re not sure.  If you saw this episode, you know that Mark loves PBR and he thought this would be a great time to do a refurbishment of his own. A little redneck? Maybe. But let’s face it… every man wants a man cave,…

Upcycled Industrial Wooden Pushcart

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as featured on new-series Abandoned Tonight on Abandoned: Maryland Silk Mill, Jay and his buddies take a ride to rural Lonaconing, Md., where they dig through a shuttered silk mill that’s been abandoned since 1957. When the guys get in, they discover that the entire mill is totally preserved.…